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The search for the Higgs boson at Cern has revealed some tantalising details

At the Cern press conference today, scientists revealed the results of the experiments conducted at the Large Hadron Collider during 2011. Much excitement had been building up before the meeting, as the expectation grew and rumours circulated that scientists were about to reveal the discovery of the Higgs boson, the particle that gives elementary particles their masses. The “God Particle”—a term that Peter Higgs told me he detests—was to be revealed.

Except it wasn’t.…

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