Eureka! Physicists Celebrate Evidence Of Particle

By John Heilprin

FILE - In this March 30, 2010 file photo a scientist looks at the pictures of the first collisions at full power at the CMS experience control room at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland. The head of the world's biggest atom smasher is claiming discovery of a new particle that he says is consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson known popularly as the "God particle" which is believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape. (AP Photo/Keystone/Salvatore Di Nolfi, File)

GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) – To cheers and standing ovations, scientists at the world’s biggest atom smasher claimed the discovery of a new subatomic particle, calling it “consistent” with the long-sought Higgs boson – popularly known as the “God particle” – that helps explain what gives all matter in the universe size and shape.

“We have now found the missing cornerstone of particle physics,” Rolf Heuer, director of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), told scientists.

He said the newly discovered subatomic particle is a boson, but he stopped just shy of claiming outright that it is the Higgs boson itself – an extremely fine distinction.

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