New data unveiled on Thursday, March 14, strengthens the belief that a subatomic particle discovered in 2012 is the elusive Higgs boson, European physicists said. Analysis of two characteristics, teased from experiments at the world's biggest particle smasher, aligns with theories that the discovery is a Higgs, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said. While further analysis is necessary, to confirm whether this is the Higgs boson postulated in the Standard Model of particle physics, or is some other type. Finding the Higgs would fill a massive gap in the Standard Model, which describes the forces, particles and interactions that comprise the Universe.
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