Higgs boson result, false alarm

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.

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