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4 July 2012
Physicists Observe New Subatomic Particle

Two independent teams at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) said Wednesday they have both "observed" a new subatomic particle—a boson.

Rolf Heuer, director of the CERN, told scientists it is "most probably a Higgs boson, but we have to find out what kind of Higgs boson it is." The Higgs boson, which until now has been a theoretical particle, is seen as the key to understanding why matter has mass, which combines with gravity to give an object weight.

Read more about this discovery here.