Science world awaits news on elusive particle

Physicists due to release data on hunt for particle that could help explain universe's origins.

    Scientists at the world's largest atom smasher in Switzerland are expected to make a major announcement.

    Physicists at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research near Geneva, have new data that may show with greater certainty where to find a long-sought theoretical particle that would help explain the origins of the universe.

    The particle is thought to underpin everything we know about how the universe works and - and would help explain why different particles have different masses.

    If confirmed - and it is still considered a big "if" - it would be the most significant breakthrough since the discovery of the structure of DNA almost 60 years ago, as Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba explains.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

    Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

    In the basement of an old museum in a village in Albania, a 78-year-old woman protects the last remnant of a dictator.

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Many formerly imprisoned women of colour return to neighbourhoods transformed beyond recognition. What awaits them?

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda discusses the hunt for genocide suspects.