GENEVA (AP) - The search is all but over for a subatomic particle that is a crucial building block of the universe. Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape.
CERN's atom smasher, the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider, has been creating high-energy collisions of protons to investigate how the universe came to be the way it is.
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The Hadron collider does not have the muscle necessary to do the job. Only the cancelled Superconducting Supercollider that was being being built in Texas was potentially powerful enough. The SSC was being built as a 40Tev machine for the explicit purpose of finding the Higgs Boson. The Hadron collider is nowhere near that energy level. It's always been my view that the Hadron collider was a misuse of scarce research money.
Whatever these boys at CERN have discovered, I believe they know - deep down inside - that whatever it is they have "discovered" isn't really what they claim.
But they have to come up with something... or risk losing funding.