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‘God particle’ found: physicists say they have discovered a Higgs boson

The search is all but over for the so-called God particle that is a crucial building block of the universe.

Physicists said on Thursday they believe they have discovered the sub-atomic particle predicted nearly half a century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape.

The elusive particle, called a Higgs boson, was predicted in 1964 to help fill in our understanding of the creation of the universe, which many theorise occurred in a massive explosion known as the Big Bang.

A representation of traces of a proton-proton collision measured in the search for the Higgs boson. Photo: AP

The particle was named for Peter Higgs, one of the physicists who proposed its existence, but it later became popularly known as the God particle.

Last July, scientists at CERN, the Geneva-based European Organisation for Nuclear Research, announced finding a particle they described as Higgs-like, but they stopped short of saying conclusively that it was the same particle or some version of it.

Scientists have now finished going through […]