It was said last July  that the particle the large European science experiment had uncovered was a boson and that it was Higgs-ish, but since last year’s proclamation much more has been learnt about the little particle.

Scientists from the two Higgs-hunting experiments, Atlas and CMS, are now able to further confirm its existence, only know they need to find out what type of Higgs it is.

“This is the start of a new story of physics,” Oxford University physicist and a collaborator on the Atlas experiment Tony Weidberg told BBC News.

“Physics has changed since July the 4th – the vague question we had before was to see if there was anything there.

“Now we’ve got more precise questions: is this particle a Higgs boson, and if so, is it one compatible with the Standard Model?”

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