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Higgs Boson Study: There May Not Be One but TWO

A forty eight year study into finding the Higgs Boson or "God particle" inches closer to startling conclusions: there may not be one Higgs Boson but TWO. Latest reports from ATLAS suggest that as scientists were tracing the roots the building blocks of the universe. Work at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland has revealed that the Higgs apparently decays into two photons of different weights. Physicists initially believed that the weight discrepancies were because of problems with the calibration of machinery but even after the machine was calibrated, the weight discrepancies still occurred.

Until recent high powered colliders like the Large Hadron Collider were developed, detecting and calculating the mass of the Higgs boson had been impossible. The most recent discovery of the two Higgs boson particles - one with a mass of 123.5 gigaelectron volts and the other with a mass of 126.6 gigaelectron volts - advances the understanding of the Standard Model of our universe and this sub atomic particle (or particles.) Though physists are uncertain as Several theories exist as to why the weight discrepancies exist. Some physicists suggest it is because of the "bizarre" existence of two Higgs bosons similar in mass - an idea supported by some versions of the Standard Model. Others suggest that what physicists are observing is a statistical mirage - an idea which could be likely. Few have suggested there were errors in the analysis though after a month of double checking the work, yet scientists have found no mistakes.

Every advance at the CERN lab brings physicists even closer to realizing precisely how matter attains mass. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General at CERN, offered a statement best explaining the possibilities once the Higgs boson is better understood with "The properties of this boson might open up a window into the DNA of the universe."

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