Physicists discover a Higgs boson

2013-03-14 16:18

(Cern, AFP)

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Geneva – Physicists say they are now confident they have discovered a long-sought subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson.

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or Cern, says a look at all the data from 2012 shows that what they found last year was a version of what is popularly referred to as the "God particle".

Cern physicist Joe Incandela said in a statement on Thursday that "it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is".

The long-theorised subatomic particle would explain why matter has mass. It is considered a missing cornerstone of physics.

Last July scientists with the world's largest atom-smasher announced finding a particle they described as Higgs-like.

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