CERN has announced that they have found the Higgs Boson, which has been called "the God Particle" because it is the main building block of matter.
In BBC News, Paul Rincon quotes quantum physicist Stephen Hawking as saying, "It is a pity in a way because the great advances in physics have come from experiments that gave results we didn’t expect." Hawking made a bet that the Higgs would never be discovered, and now says he is out $100.
All the matter we can see makes up just 4% of the universe–the rest is made up of mysterious dark matter and dark energy. The Higgs could be a beginning to understanding the 96% of the Universe that remains obscure.
Rincon quotes Peter Higgs, for whom the particle is named, as saying, "It’s really an incredible thing that it’s happened in my lifetime."
He quotes researcher Joe Incandela as saying, "We’re on the frontier now, on the edge of a new exploration. This could be the only part of the story that’s left, or we could open a whole new realm of discovery."