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Higgs Hoopla: Two Physicists Nab a Nobel Prize

Nearly 50 years after Francois Englert and Peter Higgs did their work, they were recognized by science's top award for helping to explain why the universe exists...

The Higgs Boson Sings!

On the 4th of July at a packed press conference in Geneva, scientists at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, announced that they had found the...

TIME Talks to the Physicists Who Found the Higgs

It's not often that the world stops, cheers and generally goes nuts over a new discovery in particle physics. But that's what happened on July 4, when physicists...

The Big Reveal: Does the Higgs Boson Exist?

Updated: July 4, 2012 at 4:00 a.m. EST One of the two independent teams said Wednesday that it's found strong evidence of a new subatomic particle which...

Higgs Boson: A Ghost in the Machine

Get physicists and cosmologists talking about their work and they will tell you that there are elegant theories and messy ones. Almost all of them believe the...

Fireworks for the Physicists: A Higgs is Found

Be grateful America's great historical figures don't talk like scientists. "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down, modify, or otherwise reduce the architectural footprint of...

Physics for Poets

Ever since physicists announced their discovery of the Higgs boson particle in Switzerland on July 4, I keep being told that its existence fundamentally alters...

The Cathedral Of Science

If physicists didn't sound so smart, you'd swear they were making half this stuff up. The universe began with a big bang called, well, the Big Bang. It's filled...

Did a Time-Traveling Bird Sabotage the Collider?

Sometime on Nov. 3, the supercooled magnets in sector 81 of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), outside Geneva, began to dangerously overheat. Scientists rushed to...

The Moment

If you're reading this, the world didn't end last Wednesday morning--but then, no serious person thought it would. Two men with more of a cause than a clue,...

What the Collider Might Discover

The world's largest particle accelerator was successfully fired up today for an experiment many predict will fundamentally alter man's understanding of the...