Has Higgs particle been found?

by Paul Jay, CBC News online

Following the news that startup of the large hadron collider has been delayed until next year, an interesting article in Slate suggests a particle the collider is supposed to find may already have been discovered.

Slate writer James Owen Weatherall points to a number of rumours (here and here) suggesting Fermilab's Tevetron accelerator may already have discovered the Higgs Boson, a particle that is suppossed to impart mass to other particles but which has so far eluded researchers trying to observe it.

Higgs, often reffered to as the God particle, is seen as the last piece of the puzzle to prove the Standard Model of particle physics. Bob McDonald did a great interview on Quirks & Quarks about the search for the Higgs (here).

If the rumours are true, Weatherall writes we can likely expect a major announcement sometime this year. If not ... well, there's always 2008.

Thanks to Slashdot for the link.