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The Higgs boson: CERN's quest to discover the elusive God particle

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The Large Hadron Collider, a series of tunnels constructed deep underground on the Swiss-French border, is playing host to perhaps the most dramatic piece of scientific research of our era: the search for the Higgs boson particle. Operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the LHC is the world's most advanced particle accelerator, and all the effort and investment into it has recently paid off, at least in part. On July 4th 2012, the CERN team announced that they have discovered a particle "consistent with" their expectation for what the Higgs boson should be, bringing us closer to the ultimate goal of better understanding the composition of all matter.