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From Fox News LiveScience, we learn: World’s Largest Atom Smasher May Have Detected ‘God Particle’ (April 22, 2011):

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.

And announced on Good Friday, no less …

It’s more seasonal, maybe, than space aliens.

Probably not true. The LHC isn't getting up to full energy until 2014. Of course they don't know for sure what energy level the boson is at. I think they won't find it. Just a hunch. tragic mishap
Why is it so surprising that scientists are so eager to apply biblical/religious terminology to what they find or theorize exists? The "God Particle" "Out of Eden [Africa] Hypothesis" etc etc... yet according to the thought police, we're not supposed to use terms that suggest theism is the best explanation. Bantay
The comments I've seen from physicists suggest we should be cautious about believing this: the analysis was preliminary, and will have to go through a pile of checks before the CERN people are satisfied it's genuine. Heinrich

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