Will This Be the Year Scientists Find the 'God Particle'?
Scientists hunting the Higgs boson, the sub-atomic particle believed to have played a vital role in the creation of the universe, have decided to turn up the power in their Large Hadron Collider to try to prove its existence this year.
The CERN research centre near Geneva wants to prove or disprove the existence of an invisible 'Higgs' field permeating the universe quickly, before the giant LHC machine is shut down for a long-term upgrade in late 2012.
The existence of the particle was postulated by British physicist Peter Higgs in 1964 but has never been proved, and according to the theory, the particle was the agent that made the stars, planets - and life - possible by giving mass to most elementary particles, the building blocks of the universe.
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