Live Chat: The Higgs Boson at Last?

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They're not claiming the discovery yet, but physicists at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland may have finally found the Higgs boson, the missing piece from particle physicists' Standard Model that explains why all other particles have mass. CERN's Large Hadron Collider has been bashing huge numbers of protons together since 2009 and searching through the debris for evidence that a Higgs was created in one of the pile-ups. Researchers reported faint signals last summer, but these evaporated as more data was gathered. This time, they seem more sure. The two LHC detectors involved, CMS and Atlas, are getting similar results with Higgs masses that are close together. Is the search for the Higgs finally over? What are the implications for the Standard Model given a Higgs with this mass? And if the Higgs in the bag, what will particle physicists look for next?

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