The Higgs Boson: Closer Than Ever Before

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The Higgs Boson has eluded scientists for centuries. Modern physicists believe that the discovery of the Higgs Boson could possibly be the most important molecular discovery of our time, and we may have found it.

The director of the world's biggest atom smasher in Geneva said this morning that they've discovered a new subatomic particle, and perhaps finally filled in the missing piece from the long-standing Standard Theory with a particle that scientists have searched for for decades.

Researchers stopped just shy of saying that it's in fact the Higgs Boson, the key to understanding why matter has mass. John Matson is an associate editor at Scientific American.