What finding the God particle would mean: 3 talking points

After billions of dollars of research and trillions of smashed atoms, scientists may finally offer proof on July 4 that the long-sought Higgs boson particle exists

The existence of the long sought-after "God particle" would validate expensive scientific investments like the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider, pictured.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Fermilab)

The big buzz in the science world is that researchers from the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, are on the verge of announcing their most compelling proof yet that the Higgs boson particle exists. Nicknamed the "God particle," the Higgs is theorized to exist in between a very specific set of frequencies, and is described as the invisible glue that binds the universe together. When paired with gravity, the subatomic particle is said to be the magic ingredient that gives everyday objects their weight. Two teams of CERN researchers, nicknamed ATLAS and CMS, have worked independently to make sure the findings are accurate. While the scientific threshold for labeling new findings in the world of physics a "discovery" is quite high, the two teams are at the point where combining data would offer a high degree of certainty that the particle has been found. It's like finding the fossilized imprint of a dinosaur, researcher Rob Roser tells The Associated Press: "You see the footprints and the shadow of the object, but you don't actually see" the dinosaur itself. A special announcement is set to be made on Wednesday. What does the Higgs' apparent discovery mean? Here, three talking points:

1. The origin of mass would finally be explained

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