This could be a huge week for the scientific world.
Physicists at a U.S. laboratory claim to have come extremely close to proving the existence of the elusive subatomic Higgs boson, better known as the 'God particle,' finally bringing order and mass to the universe. The announcement from Fermilab comes before what is expected to be a huge reveal from CERN confirming the particle's existence. Now, remember, CERN houses the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the 10 billion dollar Large Hadron Collider.
Fermilab scientists found hints of the Higgs, based on data gathered over the course of a decade, but the evidence fell short of scientific proof. The Higgs field is thought to impart mass to some particles and not to others, and proving its existence would validate the Standard Model, and bring us one step closer to understanding the origins of our universe.