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July 3rd, 2012
11:30 AM ET

The Number: Evidence of the 'God Particle'

Have Scientists Found God? The Standard Model is a collection of physics theories that explain what the world is and what holds it together.

Developed throughout the 20th century, the current model was finalized in the 70s with the confirmation of the existence of Quarks and Neutrinos.
In fact, the only fundamental particle predicted by the Standard Model that has yet to be observed is something called the Higgs Boson - aka the "God Particle". 

And it hasn't been for a lack of trying. For years, researchers have used a 10 billion dollar super-collider, to create high-energy collisions like the Big Bang just to spot this elusive particle. So far, there have been "hints" of a Higgs detection but no actual confirmation. And that brings us to Monday's number - 99.99994%.

That is considered the gold standard of certainty in physics.  Only when results hit that standard can a discovery be officially announced.


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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    I hope the GZA lays down a track about this in that "Dark Matter" album he's collaborating w. Neil DeGrasse Tyson on.

    July 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply

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