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The search for the Higgs boson
A digital graphic shows the traces of colliding particles in a Higgs field produced by the Large Hadron Collider, the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world, at the Universe of Particles exhibition inside the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.
Recent studies by two teams of U.S. physicists who are also on the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson (sometimes referred to as the "God particle," to the chagrin of scientists) reinforced the encouraging findings announced by CERN scientists last December, giving further credence to the claim that scientists are rapidly closing in on the tiny subatomic speck of matter.
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Subatomic needle in a haystack
The massive core of the world's largest superconducting solenoid magnet, just one part of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, is seen in this photo taken in March 2007 in Geneva.