Particle confirmed as Higgs boson - Science

Particle confirmed as Higgs boson

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Collider (LHC) in Geneva, may mean doom for our universe. Here, proton-proton collisions at the LHC showing events consistent with the Higgs.

A newfound particle discovered at the world's largest atom smasher last year is indeed a Higgs boson, which plays a role in giving other subatomic particles their mass, scientists reported Thursday at the annual Rencontres de Moriond conference in Italy.

Physicists announced on July 4, 2012, that, with more than 99 percent certainty, they had found a new elementary particle weighing about 126 times the mass of the proton that could be the long-sought Higgs boson. The Higgs is sometimes referred to as the "God particle," to the chagrin of many scientists, who prefer its official name.


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