"If nature is kind to us, we will find it next year." That's one physicist's bold prediction for when the Large Hadron Collider will detect the long-awaited Higgs Boson, the missing particle of the standard model of physics.

According to CERN physicist Christoph Rembser, 2011 might actually be the year that we discover the Higgs Boson. He explains the reasons behind his optimism:

"At least we have got everything in hand. We have got the accelerator and the detector to find it. Everything is set up to measure and observe it. But now it's of course nature who has to decide whether the Higgs will be very often produced or is a rare animal to find. So in this sense we have to wait."

For more on the Higgs Boson, check out our previous posts:
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Why it matters that we're close to discovering the Higgs Boson particle