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BY MARY MCGUIRE

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

Swiss scientists may have discovered the so-called “God particle,” a concept that has mystified the world of physics for decades.

According to The Telegraph, Switzerland’s Cern announced this morning at a press conference that they have discovered a new elementary particle — the first since 1983.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the discovery was made by using Cern’s atom smasher, a $10 billion Large Hadron Collider.

One physicist told Sky News he’s not a fan of the Higgs boson’s popular holy moniker.


“I think the God particle is a nickname it’s gotten that is absolutely terrible … the idea was that this is the particle that causes mass. This sense of resistance to motion, you can feel it with gravity.”

The BBC says this scientific discovery would be one of the century’s biggest.

“...the hunt for the Higgs has been compared by some physicists to the Apollo programme that reached the Moon in the 1960s. Scientists would then have to assess whether the particle they see behaves like the version of the Higgs particle predicted by the Standard Model, the current best theory to explain how the Universe works.”

But Extreme Tech says, hold on, scientists aren’t calling it the Higgs boson or “God particle” just yet because it could be something bigger and better.

CERN isn’t calling this the Higgs boson — but rather, a particle consistent with what the Higgs boson is theorized to be. It is entirely possible (though unlikely) that CERN has discovered another particle, which would be even more exciting.

And the Wall Street Journal says confirmation that the particle is indeed the Higgs boson is a long way away.

“The folks at Cern will have to do a lot more experimentation and get more data to really finalize their discovery. One other thing is, they need to figure out whether this particle, if found, actually has some of the properties that the Higgs boson is supposed to have, as the theory suggests it should, so that’s still to come.”

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Jul 4, 2012

Scientists Say They've Found 'God Particle'

(Image source: Singularity Hub)

 

BY MARY MCGUIRE

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

Swiss scientists may have discovered the so-called “God particle,” a concept that has mystified the world of physics for decades.

According to The Telegraph, Switzerland’s Cern announced this morning at a press conference that they have discovered a new elementary particle — the first since 1983.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the discovery was made by using Cern’s atom smasher, a $10 billion Large Hadron Collider.

One physicist told Sky News he’s not a fan of the Higgs boson’s popular holy moniker.


“I think the God particle is a nickname it’s gotten that is absolutely terrible … the idea was that this is the particle that causes mass. This sense of resistance to motion, you can feel it with gravity.”

The BBC says this scientific discovery would be one of the century’s biggest.

“...the hunt for the Higgs has been compared by some physicists to the Apollo programme that reached the Moon in the 1960s. Scientists would then have to assess whether the particle they see behaves like the version of the Higgs particle predicted by the Standard Model, the current best theory to explain how the Universe works.”

But Extreme Tech says, hold on, scientists aren’t calling it the Higgs boson or “God particle” just yet because it could be something bigger and better.

CERN isn’t calling this the Higgs boson — but rather, a particle consistent with what the Higgs boson is theorized to be. It is entirely possible (though unlikely) that CERN has discovered another particle, which would be even more exciting.

And the Wall Street Journal says confirmation that the particle is indeed the Higgs boson is a long way away.

“The folks at Cern will have to do a lot more experimentation and get more data to really finalize their discovery. One other thing is, they need to figure out whether this particle, if found, actually has some of the properties that the Higgs boson is supposed to have, as the theory suggests it should, so that’s still to come.”

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