Scientists Announce Evidence of ‘God Particle’
In a press conference on July 4, scientists announced the discovery of a new particle containing properties “consistent” with the elusive Higgs boson.
The particle was discovered at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, where work on the Large Hadron Collider has been going on for several years.
“We have now found the missing cornerstone of particle physics,” Rolf Heuer, director of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), told scientists.
The discovery of the Higgs boson is a significant one for the field of physics. The Standard Model is the name for the basic model used by physicists to explain the workings of the universe. However, much of the model remains untested.
“As a layman, I think we did it,” he told the elated crowd. “We have a discovery. We have observed a new particle that is consistent with a Higgs boson.”
The Higgs boson, if indeed it does exist, would account for the existence of mass.
While optimistic about the accuracy of their findings, scientists stress that further testing is needed to confirm the discovery.
“This boson is a very profound thing we have found,” he said. “We’re reaching into the fabric of the universe in a way we never have done before. We’ve kind of completed one particle’s story … now, we’re way out on the edge of exploration.”