Two scientists who predicted how particles gain mass shared the prestigious award, now that Large Hadron Collider experiments have confirmed the theory
Maintenance, improvement work and data analysis will keep scientists busy as the European collider's planned closure begins
When last we checked in on the hunt for the Higgs, physicists weren’t yet ready to call the deal done. They were only willing to say that they had discovered a new particle—some sort of boson—and that this new boson was “Higgs-like.” Their reticence hinged on the measurement of the new particle’s spin, a fundamental quality that, for bosons, must take an integer value such as 0, 1 or 2.
Under the simplest assumptions, the measured mass of the Higgs could mean the universe is unstable and destined to fall apart. But don’t worry—it won’t happen for billions of eons
The CERN collider, the most powerful atom smasher in history, appears to have fulfilled its primary quest
Join us for a live online chat about last week's Higgs news with physicist Michael Tuts of Columbia University. Tuts will help explain where physicists go from here
Europe's Large Hadron Collider is extending its unprecedented experimental run as the U.S. prepares for a disappointing shutdown of its marquee collider
The long-sought Higgs boson is tied to the leading theory of how quarks, electrons and other particles get their mass
The Nature Video team filmed a variety of reactions from physics laureates at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this week in Germany
If the LHC discovers the Higgs boson or other theoretical particles, their existence could help explain inflation, one of the universe's great mysteries
The hunt for the long-sought-after particle continues in the U.S. as the Large Hadron Collider in Europe lies dormant
Join us for a live online chat with physicist Michael Tuts of Columbia University. Tuts will help us understand what this morning’s announcement about the Higgs means for physics
So it's finally, probably, maybe, happened. Although they are still hedging a bit, physicists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, announced this morning that they had found the long-sought Higgs boson.
In a clip from Brian Greene's new NOVA miniseries The Fabric of the Cosmos, physicist Peter Higgs describes the bumpy road that led him to hypothesize his eponymous, elusive particle
“Europe Overtakes U.S. in Physics Pursuing God Particle,” the headline blared.The Bloomberg News story declared that the home of Galileo and Newton has recaptured the lead in physics with its pursuit of the Higgs boson, a place in the scientific firmament that was once indisputably owned by the birthplace of Benjamin Franklin.
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics goes to François Englert and Peter Higgs for the theory of how particles acquire mass, requiring the existence of the Higgs Boson, experimentally confirmed to exist in 2012