Reports that the Large Hadron Collider had detected the first possible signs of the elusive Higgs boson particle were “wrong”, experts have said.
Last month, an internal memo outlining a possible signal from the Higgs picked up at the LHC was leaked on to the web.
But cross-checks of the data collected by the Atlas experiment have since found no signal.
The details were revealed during a talk by senior officials at the Royal Society in London.
The Higgs boson is of huge importance to the widely accepted theory of physics, known as the Standard Model.