Evidence that the "God particle" exists has been found, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, are expected to announce Wednesday. Dubbed the "God particle" by Nobel-prize winning physicist Leon Lederman, the subatomic particle is actually called the Higgs boson. Physicists have spent decades of work and billions of dollars to confirm its existence, as the particle could be fundamental in answering basic scientific questions about the universe, like why matter has mass. Scientists won't go so far as to say that the particle has been officially "discovered," but admit that the vast amounts of data they have compiled show its footprint and shadow, and all but confirm that it is real.
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