July 26, 2011
Experiments at the world’s biggest atom smasher have yielded tantalising hints that a long-sought sub-atomic particle truly exists, with final proof likely by late 2012, physicists said Monday.
“We know everything about the Higgs boson except whether it exists,” said Rolf Heuer, director general of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN).
“We can settle this Shakespearean question — to be or not to be — by the end of next year,” he told journalists at a web-cast press conference at CERN headquarters in Geneva.
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Fermilab, meanwhile, also reported telltale signs of the elusive particle, heating up a longstanding rivalry between the two high-energy physics laboratories.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 3:06 am