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CERN to announce Higgs boson observation at LHC

MrSeb (471333) writes | more than 2 years ago

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MrSeb writes "Tomorrow, at 9am EST, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland are expected to announce, with fairly strong certainty, that they have observed the Higgs boson “God” particle at a mass-energy of 125 GeV. For just over a week, rumors have been rife that observations with 2.5 to 3.5 sigma certainty (96% to 99.9%) have been made. For it to be declared an actual discovery, however, a sigma level of five has to be recorded. A score on the higher end of the range, towards 3.5, would definitely have particle physicists, engineers, scientists, and philosophers jumping around excitedly, though. If the Higgs boson has been observed, its mass of 125GeV will probably prove to be the most interesting factor. 125 GeV wouldn't require the complete rewriting of the Standard Model of particle physics, but it would be interesting enough to fuel some very cool theories."
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