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Confirmation nears for possible Higgs boson, CERN says

'More certainty expected in July'

Confirmation nears for possible Higgs boson, CERN says

Rome, March 6 - CERN physicists announced on Wednesday that the new particle discovered at the CERN laboratory in Geneva last year is looking increasingly like the Higgs boson. Speaking at a conference in the northern Italian town of La Thuile, the physicists said more analysis of the data was required, but that they expected to be able to present their conclusions with more certainty in July. The physicists are examining data collected in a series of experiments conducted in 2011 and 2012 at CERN laboratories in Geneva - so-called Atlas and CMS experiments. If the new particle turns out to be as British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs predicted in the 1960s, it would "complete the Standard Model of particle physics, or it could be a more exotic particle that would lead us beyond the Standard Model," said a statement on the CERN website. CERN noted that the Standard Model accounts for all visible matter in the universe, but does not account for the 96% of the universe that is invisible to us.

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