Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Physicists closing in on 'God particle'

Physicists closing in on 'God particle'
AFP – Mon, Jul 25, 2011

"Experiments at the world's biggest atom smasher have yielded tantalising hints that a long-sought sub-atomic particle truly exists, with final proof likely by late 2012, physicists said Monday.

"We know everything about the Higgs boson except whether it exists," said Rolf Heuer, director general of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN).

"We can settle this Shakespearean question -- to be or not to be -- by the end of next year," he told journalists at a web-cast press conference at CERN headquarters in Geneva."

This is really exciting stuff. At least it is to me. The idea that we could have a definitive answer on whether the Higgs Boson exists by the end of next year is, frankly, incredible. And it looks like it could happen in my lifetime.

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