Scientists said Tuesday that they have narrowed down their search for the so-called God particle, or the Higgs boson, the particle believed to be the basic building block of the universe.
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The revelations Tuesday were heavily anticipated by thousands of researchers who hope that the particle, if it exists, can help explain many mysteries of the universe. British physicist Peter Higgs and others theorized the particle’s existence more than 40 years ago to explain why subatomic particles — building blocks of the universe — have mass.
Researchers from two independent labs associated with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Energy based in Switzerland, said that the particle is more likely to be found in lower mass or energy ranges from the massive atom smasher used to track it down.