The Large Hadron Collider has been busily zapping very small things into other things for quite some time, in the hope of finding the prophesied Higgs boson particle. And now it looks like it actually has, with CERN announcing the discovery of the "heaviest boson ever found."
The results, which CERN are still describing as preliminary, say the data from 2011 and 2012 LHC CMS and ATLAS experiments have both observed a particle "in the mass region around 125-126 GeV" which is right on target in terms of what/where the Higgs boson was expected to be discovered.
CERN Director General Rolf Heuer said: "We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature. The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle’s properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe."
If you want to know more about what this means and why men in white coats are running around hugging each other with tears in their eyes, everyman scientist Brian Cox is doing a good job of breaking things down for the layman over on his Twitter account. [CERN]