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Have scientists confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson?

On July 4, 2012, scientists based at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced the discovery of a particle that could be the Higgs boson. Using the Large Hadron Collider, a vast underground particle accelerator seventeen miles (twenty-seven kilometers) long, two international teams of physicists found convincing evidence of new subatomic particles that match theoretical predictions of the characteristics of Higgs bosons. The two teams used different equipment and different methods to achieve the same result, thus increasing the odds that the result is correct. More work needs to be done, though, before we can positively say that the Higgs boson has been found.


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