1. OOPS

    ‘God Particle’ Announcement Leaked

    A graphic showing traces of collision of particles at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experience is pictured with a slow speed experience at Universe of Particles exhibition of the the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on December 13, 2011 in Geneva.US-based physicists reported on July 3, 2012 finding strong hints of the Higgs boson, the elusive "God particle" believed to give objects mass, but said European data is needed to confirm any potential discovery.If physicists can confirm the existence of the Higgs boson, the last missing piece in the standard model of physics, the announcement would rank among the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last century. The final findings from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in the midwestern US state of Illinois will be followed by the announcement of more definitive results from a potent European atom-smasher on July 4.  AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    After hinting last week that they’d found the footprint of the Higgs boson “God particle,” researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) accidentally leaked an announcement about the particle’s discovery on Tuesday—a day before they were expected to present findings. A video of CERN spokesman Joe Incandela was posted to the CERN website Tuesday and then promptly removed, but not promptly enough. The Telegraph scooped the video, in which Incandela says they’ve “observed a new particle” that “could be a gateway, if you like, to the next phase of exploring the deepest fabric of the universe.” CERN told The Telegraph that the video was only one among several that are going to be presented Wednesday.

    Read it at The Telegraph