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LHC: Higgs boson 'may have been glimpsed'

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Two teams at the LHC have seen hints of what may well prove to be the Higgs

The most coveted prize in particle physics - the Higgs boson - may have been glimpsed, say researchers reporting at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva.

The particle is purported to be the means by which everything in the Universe obtains its mass.

Scientists say that two experiments at the LHC see hints of the Higgs at the same mass, fuelling huge excitement.

But the LHC does not yet have enough data to claim a discovery.

Finding the Higgs would be one of the biggest scientific advances of the last 60 years. It is crucial for allowing us to make sense of the Universe, but has never been observed by experiments.

This basic building block of the Universe is a significant missing component of the Standard Model - the "instruction booklet" that describes how particles and forces interact.

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See also The Hunting of the Higgs: what is it and why does it matter - an explanation of the Higgs boson and its importance to physics, written specially for RichardDawkins.net by Lawrence Krauss.

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