Rumors of a Higgs discovery are just that

Speculation suggests a long-sought particle may be at hand

By Ron Cowen, 15:34 PM April 29, 2011

A leaked internal document, rumors flying on blogs, and scientists in thrall. Not exactly the stuff one usually associates with experiments in elementary particle physics. But all the rules and academic niceties get thrown out the window when it’s a potential sighting of the Higgs boson.

The Higgs is the missing piece in the highly successful standard model of particle physics. The particle — or more precisely the field that the particle is associated with — would endow particles with ma...

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