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Fermilab Physicists Don't See Higgs, Argue They Should Keep Looking

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Science  30 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5991, pp. 498-499
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5991.498-b

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This year's International Conference on High Energy Physics was billed as the coming-out party for the Large Hadron Collider, the gigantic European atom smasher that started taking data in March, but the buzz surrounded results from the older Tevatron collider at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois. Quelling rumors, Fermilab physicists said they had not yet spotted a long-sought particle called the Higgs boson. Nevertheless, their improved nonobservation has them pushing to run the Tevatron three extra years, through 2014—a plan that officials at Fermilab itself do not necessarily favor.