Dateline: 9th December 2011

Scientists Getting Closer to Higgs Boson

Scientists from CERN have told the BBC they expect to see "the first glimpse" of the famous Higgs boson particle next week.

Current theories of the fundamental make-up of the universe rely on the existence of the particle, named after Peter Higgs, the scientist who first postulated its existence to explain gaps in scientists' understanding of the nature of energy, matter and space. First described in 1964, scientists have had no direct empirical proof of its existence - deducing it only through mathematical models.

The famous Large Hadron Collider was built with the quest for the Higgs boson in mind, but the massively complex and finely balanced machine has taken several years to reach the point where scientists think they will be able to discern this most famous and elusive of particles.

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