Higgs boson confirmed

Although it was first announced last summer that scientists had found what they believed to be the Higgs boson in their experiments in the 17-mile-long LHC atom smasher, representatives from CERN are just now saying that they are almost completely confident that it is, in fact, the Higgs boson (which is apparently how long it takes physicists to feel confident in making a statement of this magnitude). “The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent, and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson,” a CMS spokesperson said. The Higgs boson was predicted by the Standard Model as the particle that gives you, me, and everything in the universe mass… something we obviously need to exist at all. See also the 6 reasons why finding the Higgs boson matters.