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First Solid Signs of the Higgs Boson Could Be Announced Next Week

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Science  09 Dec 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6061, pp. 1334
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6061.1334

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Next week, physicists working with the world's biggest atom smasher—the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN—will report the latest results of searches for the Higgs, the key to physicists' explanation of how all particles get their mass. Nobody expects a definitive claim of discovery, but given the amount of data the LHC has produced in 2 years of running, some physicists say that—if it's there—the Higgs should begin to emerge from "background" particle collisions like a sapling rising above the grass.