Particle found points to Higgs boson
Scientists at the Cern research centre have discovered a new subatomic particle that could be the elusive Higgs boson, which is believed to be crucial in the formation of the universe.
Joe Incandela, spokesman for one of the two teams hunting for the Higgs particle, told an audience at Cern near Geneva: "This is a preliminary result, but we think it's very strong and very solid."
"I can confirm that a particle has been discovered that is consistent with the Higgs boson theory," said John Womersley, chief executive of the United Kingdom's Science & Technology Facilities Council, at an event in London.
Higgs plugs a gaping hole in the Standard Model, the theory that describes all the particles, forces and interactions that make up the universe.