BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Race for ‘God particle’ heats up: “Cern is losing ground rapidly in the race to discover the elusive Higgs boson, its American rival claims.
Fermilab say the odds of their Tevatron accelerator finding it first are now 50-50 at worst, and up to 96% at best.
Cern’s Lyn Evans admitted the accident which will halt the $7bn Large Hadron Collider until September may cost them one of the biggest prizes in physics.
The two rivals are trying to identify the ‘God Particle’ – one of the fundamental particles of matter.
Finding the Higgs boson, whose existence has been predicted by theoretical physicists, might help to explain why matter has mass.”