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Higgs Boson 'God' particle discovered

Posted on Wednesday, 4 July, 2012 | Comment icon 95 comments

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Hadron Collider scientists have confirmed that they have discovered the elusive Higgs Boson particle.

The find was announced at a conference in Geneva attended by many key figures in the hunt for the particle including Peter Higgs who first proposed its existence 50 years ago. Controversy has followed the construction and operation of the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator due to its extreme cost and early technical difficulties, now at least it seems it was not all in vain.

"They have discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson," said Professor John Womersley. "Discovery is the important word. That is confirmed. It's a momentous day for science."

"Scientists say it is a 5 sigma result which means they are 99."

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Comment icon #86 Posted by ranrod on 6 July, 2012, 20:55
Awesome! Thanks for that. It's very nice of Mr. Hawking to concede before conclusive results. If it proves not to be Higgs, he can always get his money back
Comment icon #87 Posted by Beckys_Mom on 6 July, 2012, 21:29
Comment icon #88 Posted by the L on 6 July, 2012, 22:05
Thanks Sepul. Didnt understand all. I will try to read about some of it. To be true to you I have been only interested in physics last few years. I was drawn by hairy ball theory. And with fine tunes in our universe. Which 5 mysteries of physics you find most puzzling from example this list. Or you have another list. I prefer your list but right now this is only list I have. Probaby arrow of time is one to you.
Comment icon #89 Posted by sepulchrave on 7 July, 2012, 19:24
What I find the most crazy is that any most current theories suggest that a massless spin-2 particle must be the graviton. We don't even have a working theory of a graviton (we know it must be massless and spin-2 from other considerations), and if this ``Higgs candidate'' turns out to be a spin-2 boson... things will get pretty exciting.
Comment icon #90 Posted by thelasthotrod on 7 July, 2012, 21:23
it was just lost
Comment icon #91 Posted by sean6 on 10 July, 2012, 23:14
Is the 'God particle' an impostor? Scientists claim signal found in Large Hadron Collider may not be Higgs after all
Comment icon #92 Posted by Render on 11 July, 2012, 5:10
that's because the title of this thread is misleading and no one at the conference ever confirmed finding the Higgs .... they need more time . Journalism
Comment icon #93 Posted by freeman88 on 11 July, 2012, 6:47
I've been following the LHC progress for years, i remember how excited i was when it first became operational and the possibilities of what could be found. Saying that, whenever i tried to explain to someone how utterly amazing and revolutionary this machine was people just didn't seem to give a ****. Now in 2012, they have found a particle that they "believe may be the Higgs Boson" and every other jackass out there is spamming that they found the "god particle" and how amazing it is(including several i tried to explain this to years ago). **** you all. this must be... [More]
Comment icon #94 Posted by Sundew on 16 July, 2012, 20:23
Agreed, when the cell was discovered, the technology was insufficient to realize that the cell was composed of many smaller organelles and was much more complex than just a little blob of jelly. When the atoms that compose the elements were postulated, and then discovered, they were not found to be homogenous particles, they were composed of electrons, neutrons and protons and for a while that was assumed to be the limit of the composition of matter. But with ever increasing technology we are able to see deeper and deeper into the world of the extremely small. I know little about particle ph... [More]

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