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One Year On, LHC Sees Hints Of Higgs—And Nothing Else

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Science  29 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6042, pp. 507
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6042.507

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When physicists announced this week that they'd seen hints of the famed Higgs boson—the last missing piece in their "standard model" of the known particles—a buzz swept through the auditorium and rapidly around the globe. But while experimenters working with Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) may be closing in on the elusive Higgs, they have seen no signs of new particles beyond those in the standard model. The LHC may soon put a bow on the current theory, but a new age of discovery may be further off than physicists had hoped.