TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

'God particle' might have been discovered

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Reuters
Sunday, July 1, 2012, 9:28 p.m.
 

GENEVA — It has been fancifully dubbed “the angel of creation” and, to the particular scorn of physicists, “the god particle.”

The Higgs Boson is said to have appeared out of the chaos of the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago and turned the flying debris from that primeval explosion into galaxies, stars and planets. It's regarded as the key to understanding the universe. Its job is to give particles that make up atoms their mass.

Its formal discovery, according to a broad scientific consensus, would be the greatest advance in knowledge of the universe in decades.

Until now, in the four decades of research since its existence was first posited, no one has claimed to have seen more than a hint of it.

This may be about to change. On Wednesday at the CERN research center near Geneva, “Higgs Hunters” are expected to announce they have spotted it. Or something like it.

“Think of it as a smoking duck,” said Oliver Buchmueller, a senior scientist on one of the teams. “If it walks like a Higgs and it quacks like a Higgs, then we would have to at least consider the possibility.”

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Comets hold life building blocks
  2. Al-Qaida group in Syria targeted by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes
  3. Senate to grill United Nations agency chief Amano on Iran nuclear pact
  4. Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa
  5. Israelis remember how summer conflict affected beach ritual
  6. NATO proclaims ‘strong solidarity’ with Turkey against IS
  7. Debris on French island possibly that of missing Malaysia Airlines flight
  8. Exiled Yemen leader orders anti-rebel fighters to merge with army to battle Houthis
  9. Extremist strikes again in attack on gay parade in Jerusalem
  10. India hangs man who raised funds in support of 1993’s deadly Mumbai bombings
  11. China says U.S. trying to militarize South China Sea