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    Nature’s secrets foretold

    By now, all aficionados of physics news — and quite a few people who don’t know physics from phonics — have heard about the discovery of the Higgs boson. It’s the biggest news in physics ever tweeted. And it came after a long wait. For more than three decades, the Higgs has been physicists’ version of King Arthur’s Holy Grail, Ponce de León’s Fountain of Youth, Captain Ahab’s Moby Dick. It’s...

    07/13/2012 - 10:02 Particle Physics
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    A primer on the long-sought Higgs boson

    For decades, physicists have been promising the world that it is worth the money to build enormous machines, costing billions of dollars, to shock empty space into revealing an exotic particle called the Higgs boson. After years of false starts and frustration, hints and hopes, the Higgs has finally been found at the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva. It’s a cause for celebration — and for...

    07/13/2012 - 10:01 Particle Physics
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    Higgs found

    Finally, physics’s zoo of subatomic particles is full. Scientists have almost certainly snared the Higgs boson, the last particle waiting to be roped into the fold.

    Decades after it was proposed, the Higgs emerged in the shards of particle collisions at the world’s most powerful accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory near Geneva. Physicists announced the discovery...

    07/04/2012 - 04:19 Physics
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    CMS spokesman: 'We've observed a new particle'

    Updated 1 p.m. EDT July 3

    A video that was briefly made public on the CERN website July 3 confirms that the European physics lab has discovered a new particle — most likely the long-sought Higgs boson.

    "We've observed a new particle ... we have quite strong evidence that there's something there" with a mass roughly 130 times the mass of the proton, Joe Incandela,...

    07/03/2012 - 10:34 Physics, Particle Physics
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    The Higgs Boson Search

    After decades of searching, physicists announced on July 4 that they had produced convincing evidence for the Higgs boson, a particle that may explain why matter has mass. Below are links to the most recent coverage in Science News, related articles from our archives (which have been made available to nonsubscribers), and links to additional resources on the Higgs particle.

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    07/02/2012 - 17:35 Particle Physics
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    Physicists on alert for Higgs announcement

    Unless you’re the Higgs boson, don’t expect much attention in July when the International Conference on High Energy Physics convenes in Melbourne, Australia.

    Rumors of an impending Very Important Higgs Announcement at the physics meeting have already begun invading the Internet, ignited by blogs saturated with speculation and incomplete information about a possible Higgs discovery.

    06/21/2012 - 16:45 Particle Physics
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    Higgs running out of hiding places

    Even as physicists in Europe close in on their most-wanted quarry — a particle known as the Higgs boson — scientists in Illinois are helping narrow the hunt. New measurements of a different particle, one called the W boson, confirm the Higgs is in the mass range that most physicists had thought.

    Theory suggests that the Higgs particle must exist in order to imbue many other particles...

    02/23/2012 - 15:36 Particle Physics
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    Tantalizing hints of long-sought particle

    The world’s most powerful atom smasher has given physicists a tantalizing — but inconclusive — hint that the long-sought Higgs particle actually exists.

    The Higgs is the last undiscovered elementary particle predicted by the standard model, physicists’ leading framework for describing the constituents of matter and transmitters of force. Its discovery would confirm the theory...

    12/13/2011 - 15:19 Physics, Particle Physics
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    Last Words

    The most powerful atom smasher in the United States will soon smash no more.

    Known as the Tevatron, this 6.3-kilometer subterranean ring was once the biggest, baddest physics machine in the world. For 26 years it has been slamming together bits of matter and antimatter moving at nearly the speed of light. These violent collisions spit out new particles...

    09/09/2011 - 09:05 Physics, Particle Physics
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    A lighter Higgs, but chase continues

    In the hunt for the Higgs boson, the world’s most powerful particle collider has tightened the net. New data collected this year by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider near Geneva narrow the range of allowable masses for the hypothetical particle, whose existence would confirm the mechanism thought to give mass to other particles.

    To fit with the standard model, the cornerstone of...

    09/01/2011 - 18:14 Physics, Particle Physics