Tantalizing new clues of a long-sought subatomic particle have set the particle-physics community abuzz. Vivid but sparse signs of the so-called Higgs boson at the Large Electron-Positron Collider (LEP) in Switzerland have also sparked a desperate race against time to catch further glimpses before researchers pull the plug on the 11-year-old machine.
"It's amazing. People are working around the clock," says Christopher Tully, a Princeton University physicist and a LEP researcher.
The European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) near Geneva was ready to shut down LEP at the end of this month to make way for construction of the Large Hadron