What Today's Higgs Boson Discovery Really Means

Earlier today, scientists from the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that's consistent with the Higgs Boson. So, have physicists finally found the elusive particle? Short answer? Yes. Longer answer? Well... More »

Stop calling it "The God Particle!"

We've heard the rumors. And now, today has brought news that physics nerds have been waiting for: the "official" discovery of the Higgs Boson. But something is gnawing at me like children on my lawn: this whole "God Particle" business. More »

10 Weird Stories About the Higgs Boson

There's more mystery and misconception surrounding the Higgs than the question of whether or not it exists. Here, symmetry magazine's Kathryn Grim divulges some little-known facts about the perplexing particle. More »


Why it matters that we've apparently discovered the Higgs Boson

Now, the Higgs Boson is the carrier of mass in the universe. It does this by helping to form a Higgs field, a quantum structure through which all the other elementary particles pass. More »

The Ultimate Field Guide to Subatomic Particles

Muons, neutrinos, supersymmetric partners, the infamous Higgs boson - with so many different subatomic particles flying about, it's no wonder theoretical physics can be so confusing. That's why we made this (reasonably) simple guide to all the different elementary particles. More »

The Webcomic Guide to the Higgs Boson

If you're still a little fuzzy on what the Higgs Boson is or why particle physicists are so keen on finding it, check out this video by PhD Comics creator Jorge Cham. Cham gets the low-down from CERN physicist, and conveys the significance of the Higgs Boson and the role of the Large Hadron Collider in comic form. More »

Inside the 50-year battle over what to call the Higgs boson

Let's gear up for the surprisingly fierce debate over what to call this particle. This issue is all about who really deserves the credit for theorizing the existence of the particle, and that is a matter fraught with controversy. More »

What is the biological equivalent of discovering the Higgs Boson?

It looks like we're nearing the endgame in the hunt for the Higgs boson, the missing elementary particle of the Standard Model. Its discovery will send shockwaves through the physics community and likely capture the public imagination. More »

We're on the verge of two world-changing antimatter discoveries

While the Large Hadron Collider has been looking for the Higgs boson, we're on the verge of two huge antimatter-related breakthroughs. One could finally solve the universe's oldest mystery, while the other could reveal strange new particles that are perfect for quantum computers. More »

How the hunt for the Higgs boson began

In this excerpt from Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science (Basic Books), author Ian Sample tells the story of how Peter Higgs went from being a joke to a legend with just one lecture. More »