Our take: The Higgs boson is known to be the cornerstone of modern physics, but its existence has yet to be confirmed for 40 years. However, some physicists believe they may have found the Higgs boson, and are hoping to report their results on July 4th at the International Conference on High Energy Physics, or Ichep, in Melbourne, Australia.
A team of physicists gathered in a room at CERN on Friday to begin crunching new data from the Large Hadron Collider this year. And they will be at it all week.
What they are seeing nobody knows.
What they are looking for is the beginning to the end of the longest and most expensive manhunt in the history of physics, one that has involved several generations of larger and larger particle accelerators: the spoor of a hypothetical particle that endows other elementary particles with mass. Known as the Higgs boson, it is the cornerstone of modern physics, but confirmation of its existence has eluded scientists for 40 years.
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