FOR KIDS: Higgs — at last!
Physicists capture the long-sought Higgs particle, which explains why other particles have mass
Web edition: September 7, 2012
The colorful sprays in this computer visualization are the tracks of particles created when two beams of protons collided. Scientists think a massive Higgs boson — a long-sought particle — might have been created during this collision.
It took one of the biggest machines in the world to find one of the smallest particles.
Buried beneath the grassy countryside near Geneva, Switzerland, is a giant tunnel in the shape of a circle 8.6 kilometers (about 5 miles) across. There, scientists recently discovered a particle they had been hunting for a very long time: something called the Higgs boson. It helps explain how everything in the universe has developed mass.
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