Scientists edge closer to proving existence of elusive particle
The scientists outlined their final analysis based on research and particle collisions using the Fermilab Tevatron collider.
July 3rd, 2012
02:13 AM ET

Scientists edge closer to proving existence of elusive particle

At the start of a big week for the Higgs boson, the most sought-after particle in all of physics, scientists in Illinois said Monday that they had crept closer to proving that the particle exists but had been unable to reach a definitive conclusion.

The scientists outlined their final analysis based on more than 10 years of research and 500 trillion particle collisions using the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab Tevatron collider near Batavia, Illinois, whose budgetary woes shut it down last year.

Their announcement came two days before researchers at the Large Hadron Collider under the Alps are due to unveil their latest results at an eagerly awaited seminar at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.

"Our data strongly point toward the existence of the Higgs boson," Rob Roser, a spokesman for one of two independent experiments at the Tevatron, said in a statement. "But it will take results from the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe to establish a discovery."

Finding the Higgs boson would help explain the origin of mass, one of the open questions in physicists' current understanding of the way the universe works.

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  1. mickey1313

    Great, but every time i hear it referred to as the " god particle" i want to punch a kitten in the throat.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ancient Texan

    There will be a lot comments posted here...from the athiests that hold a reverence for science, but exclude God.

    July 3, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sure there will be.
      There will also be a lot of comments from the religious that will hold a reverence to God, but dismiss science.

      Just another day on the blogs, AT.

      @mickey1313:
      Meooooow...leave kitty alone...lol!

      July 3, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Fr. Mike

    I am sure that no one intends to be disrespectful, but really to use the 'god of the gap theory' as a way of explaining the Higgs particle theory is going too far. It makes far more sense to talk about the relationship 'matter and dark matter' which really should be the part of the visible part of the universe that subject to the laws of nature as we experience them and the invisible (dark matter) that is NOT. Is the God who reveals the divine essence to Moses as 'I am who am' or as being itself and who lives in 'unapproachable light' to be reduce to an unknown connection between that which is visible to us and that which isn't? I mean really !!

    July 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HIDE BEHIND

    Firmy trying to gsin recognition from announcement forthcoming from their european rivals.
    They meed it ad at the cost of multiple bilions they have yet made any worthwhile contributions in seach of unknown elements but have increased the technology of how to make more efecient weaponry.
    What the god element term does is try and unite god and science. in the US a very necessary element to get more funding.
    Wait until they announce how it is possible. that a single element can be in two places at once and that is why they could not find it.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    it's rightly called the god's particle...and of course there is the arrogance of science present...they are tryin' to pierce the fabric of reality..."the matrix"....butcha will never find it...the past and future belongs to God...you only have a breathe and a heartbeat and not even promised the next...diabolical research it is...and a waste of monies...

    July 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    What will they be able to accomplish w/this particle! Will there be new scientific discoveries forthcoming, that includes the Higgs boson? I realize just being able to pinpoint the particle is a feat in itself, but are there things that can be done w/it that have never been done before??

    July 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |