Scientists believe they have isolated the Higgs boson, otherwise known as the God Particle.
Physicists made the announcement in Europe at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) on July 4. They said they had found a new particle “consistent with the Higgs boson,” according to the Wall Street Journal, which has long been theorized to exist. More data is needed to be sure, they said.
If the particle does exist, the Wall Street Journal said, it could help explain the existence of objects with mass, such as the quark and protons, as opposed to photons, which are particles of light and consist only of energy.
“By extension, it would help explain the presence of stars, planets and humans, and thus rank as one of the biggest coups for modern-day physics,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
The scientists were “99.999 percent confident of its existence,” as Wired put it, given the statistical probability that the evidence they found was indeed of the particle’s existence.
It could be yet another case of science catching up with the ancients. As Ruth Hopkins noted recently, traditional peoples such as the Lakota were accomplished astronomers, and they already know of the existence of such things without having to quantify or see it.
“The Higgs-Boson has been introduced by scientists as the sub-atomic particle that gives mass to everything in the universe. In other words, scientists believe the Higgs-Boson is in all things, connects all things, and by giving everything mass, essentially creates all things,” wrote Hopkins on this site not too long ago. “While institutions of Western science will deny that any forthcoming discoveries they make bear any likeness to indigenous teachings, indigenous scientists realize the difference is only a matter of syntax and perspective.”