Most-Wanted Particle Appears, Perhaps

By Science News, 15:47 PM April 15, 2008

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 L...

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