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


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