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Scientists Find "God Particle"

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The Welsh head of the project searching for the so-called God particle admits he is in shock over a dramatic find which may end the 45-year hunt.

Aberdare-born Dr Lyn Evans told BBC Wales scientists in Geneva are "99.999%" certain they have found the Higgs boson.

"We have discovered what makes matter, at last," said Dr Evans, head of the CERN Hadron Collider project.

But he said more work is needed to "nail down" proof it is the Higgs.

The results announced at Cern, home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, on Wednesday were met with loud applause and cheering.

Peter Higgs, after whom the particle is named, wiped a tear from his eye as the teams finished their presentations in the Cern auditorium.
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Dr Evans said: "Suffice to say this is very important. It's how nature works at its most fundamental level.

"A huge piece of the jigsaw of how nature works has been put in place today. The Higgs has got to be positively identified. Its spin has to be measured by taking much more data.

"We need to take much more data to really nail down all the quantities - and then we're into a voyage of discovery."

Dr Evans, who studied physics at what was then the University of Wales, Swansea, completed a PhD in 1970, said now that the Higgs boson had been all but identified "many more questions can be answered".

He said: "We know the origin of mass. The next question is what is dark matter, that's the next step."

Dr Evans became leader of the project in 1994 and has dedicated the past 16 years of his career to finding the particle.

The LHC smashes together protons to simulate the conditions immediately after the Big Bang, which is thought to have been the moment the universe came into being.

It took 10,000 scientists a total of 14 years to assemble the ring-shaped tunnel below the Swiss and French border.

It is 100m underground with a circumference of 27km.

"Quite frankly, I'm still in a bit of shock," said Dr Evans.

"I did not expect it to come out so clearly.

"The atmosphere in the seminar was incredible, it was very emotional."

Dr Evans tipped Peter Higgs to receive the Nobel prize for science.

"That's really is something for British science. The UK's contribution to this has been enormous," he said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-18706655
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...y-science.html

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Re: Scientists Find "God Particle"

I keep seeing talk of this Higgs boson pop up in the news occassionally, and keep meaning to read up on it properly

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I keep seeing talk of this Higgs boson pop up in the news occassionally, and keep meaning to read up on it properly
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Haha, glad it's not just me being silly!

I have a basic understanding of what they're trying to do with the LHC, but there's much I don't know about it

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Re: Scientists Find "God Particle"

more wondering how the big bang started and from where.

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Who's the retard that gave this one star? I gave it 5

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That was an excellent read. Science truly is fascinating and the key to our future.

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Re: Scientists Find "God Particle"

And now The Big Bang Theory has another big thing to make an episode on!

Crap... now I've got the theme song stuck in my head.

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Re: Scientists Find "God Particle"

the higgs-boson, i wondered how long the large hadron collider would take to find it. all that money and energy to see if mass exists, if you jumped off a building physics would prove it but of course you'd be dead

but are we here at all?

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Re: Scientists Find "God Particle"

Mind-blowing stuff

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