Here is the latest from the science world. International scientists at the CERN physics research centre near Geneva claim to have found signs of Higgs Boson, an elementary sub-atomic particle believed to have played a vital role in the creation of the universe after the Big Bang. Two independent experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have turned up signs of the so-called “God particle”. Why the name? Well, under what is known as the Standard Model of Physics, the Boson is posited to have been the agent that gave mass and energy to matter after the creation of the universe 13.7 billion years ago.
The Large Hadron Collider, by the way, is a vast underground particle accelerator that costs US $215,000 an hour to run. It is designed to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang to allow particles such as the Higgs Boson to be found and studied, according to a Reuters report. The experiments have not yet turned up enough data to confirm the Higgs Boson's existence. But if the claim is true, the finding of this elusive particle will be one of the top scientific achievements of the past 50 years.
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How does the Higgs Boson work?
The Higgs Boson is part of a theory first proposed by physicist Peter Higgs and few others in the 1960s to explain how particles obtain mass.
The theory proposes that a so-called Higgs energy field exists everywhere in the universe. As particles zoom around in this field, they interact with and attract Higgs Bosons, which cluster around the particles in varying numbers.
Imagine the universe like a party. Relatively unknown guests at the party can pass quickly through the room unnoticed; more popular guests will attract groups of people (the Higgs Bosons) who will then slow their movement through the room.
The speed of particles moving through the Higgs field works much in the same way. Certain particles will attract larger clusters of Higgs Bosons – and the more Higgs Bosons a particle attracts, the greater its mass will be.
What if Higgs Boson isn’t really found?
Physicist Martin Archer believes a failure to find the Higgs Boson would be even more exciting than discovering it. “If we don’t see it, it actually means that the universe at the most fundamental level is more complicated than we thought,” says Archer. "And therefore maybe the way we've been attacking physics isn’t right.”
Information courtesy CNN