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Search for Higgs Boson Yields a Definite Maybe

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Science  16 Dec 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6062, pp. 1482-1483
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6062.1482

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This week, two teams of physicists working with the world's biggest atom smasher—the Large Hadron Collider at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN—reported the latest results in their search for the Higgs boson, the fundamental particle that is key to physicists' explanation of how all particles get their mass. Just as the rumors suggested, both teams report tantalizing signs that the Higgs is there and that it has a mass about 133 times that of the proton. But one team sees additional oddities, so the results haven't bowled everyone over.