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CERN detects first signs of God particle!

Higgs boson

December 9, 2011 - London

A new rumour has erupted that teams working at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have detected the first signs of the ultra-elusive Higgs boson particle.

Existence of the particle - believed to have given shape to the universe after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago - was proposed some four decades ago.

Two separate LHC teams - using the ATLAS and CMS detectors - have smashed protons in 350 trillion collisions this year, hoping to see the Higgs in the debris.

They are now reporting that 'significant progress' has been made in tracking it down with a big press conference taking place next Tuesday in which the teams will announce what they've found.

The director general of CERN, Rolf Heuer, said recently that he doesn't think confirmation of the particle's existence will be made until around October 2012.

But reports from inside the LHC suggest that its scientists are on the brink of something monumental, with Professor John Ellis, a former head of theoretical physics at CERN, telling the BBC that he expects to see the 'first glimpse' of the God particle next week.

"There seem to be some hints emerging there and that's what we're going to learn on Tuesday," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

However, there are some scientists who have poured cold water on the news, with Nobel Prize winner Martinus Veltman from the Universities of Michigan and Utrecht telling the Guardian that 'there is no Higgs'.


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