Physicists ‘Achingly Close’ to Confirming Higgs Boson
Physicists in Italy say they are achingly close to concluding that what they found last year was the Higgs boson, the elusive “God particle.” They need to eliminate one last remote possibility that it’s something else.
The long theorized subatomic particle would explain why matter has mass and has been called a missing cornerstone of physics. With new analyses, scientists are closer to being certain they found the crucial Higgs boson. But they want to be 99.9 percent positive, says Pauline Gagnon, a physicist with the European Center for Nuclear Research.
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