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July 5, 2012
'I think we have it'
With those words, one of the most momentous scientific discoveries in history may have been announced to the world. The Higgs boson -- a subatomic particle thought to give mass to matter thus making possible everything in the universe -- is thought to have been glimpsed by scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. New York Times: Physicists working at CERN's Large Hadron Collider said Wednesday that they had discovered a new subatomic particle that looks for all the world like the Higgs boson, a potential key to an understanding of why elementary particles have mass and indeed to the existence of diversity and life in the universe. "I think we have it," Rolf-Dieter Heuer, the director general of CERN, said in an interview from his office outside Geneva, calling the discovery "a historic milestone." His words signaled what is probably the beginning of the end for one of the longest, most expensive searches in the history of science. If scientists are...(Read Full Post)