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Last Hurrah: Final Tevatron Data Show Hints of Higgs Boson

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Science  09 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6073, pp. 1159
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6073.1159

Summary

The hunt for the Higgs boson, the most sought-after particle in physics and the key to physicists' explanation of how all particles get their mass, is heating to a boil. This week, scientists working with an atom smasher in the United States called the Tevatron, which shut down in September 2011, reported that, having analyzed all the data they'll ever get, they see hints of the Higgs. The signs are not strong enough to clinch a discovery, but they jibe nicely with hints reported last year by researchers working with Europe's higher-energy Large Hadron Collider.