Part of the Tevatron particle accelerator at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois.


Nick Collins

By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent

Results from the Tevatron particle accelerator in Boston released yesterday closely mirror the “hints” of the Higgs observed at the Large Hadron Collider late last year.

Because the two rival laboratories found strikingly similar evidence for the elusive particle despite having used different methods to look for it, the findings independently support the growing belief that the Higgs has been pinned down at last.

But even when taken together, the two sets of evidence are not strong enough for physicists to officially claim a discovery and some leading scientists still believe the particle does not exist.

The Higgs Boson is the last missing piece of the Standard Model which details what the universe is made of and how particles within it interact, but still only exists in theory because it has never been detected. Physicists using the Large Hadron Collider at the Cern laboratory in Switzerland expect to confirm or rule out the existence of a Standard Model Higgs by this autumn. (if this gets further pushed back, it might occur around Dec. 21, 2012-Editor’s note) Rest of Story HERE….