Higgs Boson Teams: We've Found a Particle
New particle looks just like long-sought boson
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 4, 2012 3:43 AM CDT
Updated Jul 4, 2012 7:56 AM CDT
The core of the world's largest superconducting solenoid magnet at CERN's Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini, file)

(Newser) – To cheers and standing ovations from scientists, the world's biggest atom smasher claimed the discovery of a new subatomic particle today, calling it "consistent" with the long-sought Higgs boson. CERN's director said the newly discovered subatomic particle is a boson, but he stopped just shy of claiming outright that it is the Higgs boson itself—an extremely fine distinction.

"As a layman, I think we did it. We have now found the missing cornerstone of particle physics. We have observed a new particle that is consistent with a Higgs boson." His comments came as the leaders of two teams comprised of a total of 5,100 scientists each presented in complicated scientific terms what was essentially extremely strong evidence of a new particle. One called it "a Higgs-like particle" and said "we know it must be a boson and it's the heaviest boson ever found." The Higgs boson, which until now has been a theoretical particle, is seen as the key to our understanding of why matter has mass, which combines with gravity to give an object weight.

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Jul 5, 2012 8:15 AM CDT
Glad the article wasn’t as definitive as the Title.. But most newsier will only remember the title as the true fact.
Jul 5, 2012 12:39 AM CDT
Now what?
Jul 4, 2012 12:43 PM CDT
I'm rather skeptical. Another massive particle? Maybe. But the whole thing has been oversold something fierce.