New evidence strengthens the case that scientists have discovered a Higgs boson, or "God particle." The new particle discovered at experiments at the Large Hadron Collider last summer is looking more like a Higgs boson than ever before.

Researcher Kyle Cranmer says, "When we discovered the particle, we knew we found something significant. Now, we’re just trying to establish the properties."

On July 4, physicists announced the discovery of a particle with a close resemblance to a Higgs, a particle thought to give mass to other elementary particles. The discovery of such a particle could finish a job almost five decades in the making.
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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.
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CERN in Geneva isn’t the only place that researchers are looking for the "God particle." Scientists at the Tevatron accelerator in the US say they have also seen possible hints of the Higgs boson (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show).

At CERN, there is about a one in 36 chance that the data anomaly they’ve seen is the just coincidence–however, the fact that the US collider is getting the same results makes it more likely that the data is real.
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There’s more confirmation from CERN (the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland) that the God particle–the Higgs boson–has been glimpsed (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). The Higgs is a sub-atomic particle that is predicted to exist, but has not yet been seen (until now).

Supposedly it explains how particles interact and is the means by which everything in the universe obtains mass. However, CERN won’t be sure they’ve really seen the Higgs until there is less than a one in a million chance that the data spike they’ve seen is a statistical fluke.
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