Has the God Particle been found? The world will probably know by Wednesday.
Scientists working at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or CERN, claim they have gathered enough evidence to show that the long-sought God Particle, answering key questions about the creation of the universe, almost certainly does exist.
CERN's atom smasher, the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider, has been creating high-energy collisions of protons to help the scientists understand the creation of the universe billions of years ago, which many theorise occurred because of a massive explosion known as the Big Bang.
Senior CERN scientists say that the two independent teams of physicists, who plan to present their work at CERN's complex on the Swiss-French border on July 4, are about as close as you can get to a discovery without actually calling it one.
"We've discovered something which is consistent with being a Higgs Boson (God Particle)," British physicist John Ellis, who has worked at CERN since the 1970s, told The Associated Press.