GENEVA – To cheers and standing
ovations from scientists, the world's biggest atom smasher claimed the
discovery of a new subatomic particle Wednesday, calling it "consistent"
with the long-sought Higgs boson -- popularly known as the "God
particle" -- that helps explain what gives all matter in the universe
size and shape.
"We have now found the missing cornerstone of particle physics," Rolf
Heuer, director of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN),
He said the newly discovered subatomic particle is a boson, but he
stopped just shy of claiming outright that it is the Higgs boson itself
-- an extremely fine distinction.
"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
The Higgs boson, which until now has been a theoretical particle, is
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