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Brown Physicists Celebrate God Particle Discovery

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File photo of grafic traces of a new sub-atomic particle consistent with the Higgs boson which is believed to confer mass called "God particle." (credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of grafic traces of a new sub-atomic particle consistent with the Higgs boson which is believed to confer mass called “God particle.” (credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University scientists who have long been involved in the search for the so-called “God particle” are celebrating its apparent discovery.

The university says several of its physicists played a critical role in the discovery of a new subatomic particle believed to be the Higgs boson.

Scientists working at the world’s biggest atom smasher near Geneva announced the discovery on Wednesday.

Brown’s Greg Landsberg, physics coordinator for one of the key experiments at the atom smasher, says it’s the greatest discovery in particle physics in 30 or 40 years.

Brown physicist Gerald Guralnik, one of the originators of the theory that predicted the boson nearly five decades ago, calls the discovery a “wonderful feeling of great satisfaction and amazement.”

The particle’s existence is fundamental to the creation of the universe.

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