Just hours from now, physicists could announce they’re 99.9936 percent sure the Higgs boson exists, according to experts on the hunt for the so-called God particle.
The combined findings of two teams at the proton-smashing Large Hadron Collider (LHC) should help explain why objects in our universe have massâ€”and in so doing, why galaxies, planets, and even humans have any right to exist.
“There are very few people even in ATLAS and CMS who know what’s going to be presented on Wednesday. It’s kept that secret,” said particle physicist David Evans, leader of the U.K. team that works on the LHC’s ALICE experiment.
The rumor mill, though, got a late-breaking boost Tuesday, when, according to Science News, an official CERN video clip surfaced briefly, publicly, andâ€”presumablyâ€”prematurely.
In the video CMS spokesperson Joe Incandela reportedly says, “We’ve observed a new particle … we have quite strong evidence that there’s something there” in the expected mass range for the Higgs boson. “This is the most massive such particle that exists, if we confirm all of thisâ€”which I think we will.”