The god particle, if found, could confirm the dominant theory of how matter attains mass. At a hotly anticipated conference early this morning, scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research announced that particle-acceleration experiments in the LHC had provided evidence of a never-before-seen particle. The data indicates the new particle had a mass between 125 and 126 GeV, or gigaelectronvolts. That makes it far heavier than any other known particle, as scientists believe the Higgs boson to be.
According to the Guardian's live blog of the conference, the findings were greeted with a standing ovation, while Peter Higgs, the theoretical physicist who first proposed the existence of the boson that bears his name, had tears in his eyes.
The next step is to study the new particle's properties.
"We know it is a new boson. But we still have to prove definitively that it is the one that Higgs predicted," said senior CERN physicist Oliver Buchmueller.