Higgs Boson Confirmation Nears
Interesting things continue to happen at CERN, located in the south of France (we previously shared the potential discovery of particles travelling at faster than the speed of life, which would invalidate Einstein’s theories of relativity). This time scientists have indicated that they have confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson. Going by the memorable nickname “God particle,” the Higgs Boson is theorized to be the elementary particle that gives everything in the Universe its mass.
At a specially-arranged seminar at the Cern laboratory in Geneva, researchers presented clues in their data which suggest experts may have pinned down the “God particle” at last. Scientists remained cautious about their findings and insisted they did not represent an official discovery, but admitted the results were “intriguing”. The two teams searching for the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider said they had found hints which point towards a Higgs boson with a mass between 124 and 126 gigaelectronvolts (GeV). A mass of 125 GeV is equivalent to about 130 times the weight of a proton found in the nucleus of an atom. The team working on the ATLAS detector said there was only a one per cent likelihood their results occurred by chance rather than reflecting a real effect, while the CMS team quoted a figure of about five percent.