Higgs Boson announcement live: Cern scientists discover new subatomic particle

9.32am: Today’s discovery is “unbelievably exciting”, according to Harvard physicist Lisa Randall.

She told the Guardian:

“I really didn’t expect this. They got enough data and improved analysis to the point where we know about a new particle months before I expected (based on
asking lots of people)! It is unbelievably exciting.”

9.29am: “#CERN” is trending worldwide. As is #Higgs, and #GodParticle (sorry), and ATLAS. No #Higgsteria yet though, despite a valiant effort by social media types.

9.23am: Gianotti is still presenting Atlas’s results but the reaction is already pouring in. Here’s are the first few paragraphs from Ian Sample’s first take on today’s momentous announcement.

“There comes a time in a scientist’s life when the weight of evidence can no longer be ignored. That moment came today for physicists at Cern, home of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, who announced overwhelming evidence for the obscure but profoundly important Higgs boson, the particle that sparked the greatest hunt in modern science.

In presentations given to a packed auditorium at the laboratory on Wednesday morning, and webcast around the world, the leaders of two research teams, who worked independently of each other, said they had spotted a new particle amid the microscopic flashes of primordial fire created inside the world’s most powerful atom smasher.

Cern stopped short of claiming official discovery of the Higgs boson, even as many physicists conceded the evidence was now so compelling they had surely found the missing particle.

Formal confirmation of the discovery is expected within months, though it could take several years for scientists to work out whether they have found the simplest kind of Higgs particle that theories predict, or part of a more complex picture: for example, one of a larger family of Higgs bosons. The discovery of more than one kind of Higgs particle would open the door to an entirely new realm of physics.”

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/jul/04/higgs-boson-discovered-live-coverage-cern

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