Scientists Abuzz Over Controversial Rumor that God Particle Has Been Detected

Here’s something incredible from the world of science.

A rumor is floating around the physics community that the world’s largest atom smasher may have detected a long-sought subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, also known as the “God particle.”

The controversial rumor is based on what appears to be a leaked internal note from physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland. It’s not entirely clear at this point if the memo is authentic, or what the data it refers to might mean — but the note already has researchers talking.

The Higgs boson is believed to be what gives matter its mass. It is the only elementary particle of the Standard Model which has not been detected yet, because it is so massive. Physicists are hoping that the Large Hadron Collider will be able to detect it. If this rumor is true than they have succeeded.

One thing though, I don’t much care for the habit of referring to the Higgs Boson as the “God Particle”. It seems somehow disrespectful.

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