Higgs — at last!

Physicists capture the long-sought Higgs particle, which explains why other particles have mass

By Alexandra Witze, 10:50 AM September 6, 2012




It took one of the biggest machines in the world to find one of the smallest particles.


Buried beneath the grassy countryside near Geneva, Switzerland, is a giant tunnel in the shape of a circle 8.6 kilometers (about 5 miles) across. There, scientists recently discovered a particle they had been hunting for a very long time: something called the Higgs boson (pronounced BOWZ-un).


The Higgs particle wasn’t just sitting there underground, waiting to be found. The scientists had to make it by ...

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