A picture with a zoom effect show a grafic traces of proton-proton collisions events measured by European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experience on May 25, 2011 in the search for the Higgs boson. Courtesy Getty Images.
GENEVA -- Physicists say they are now confident they have discovered a long-sought subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, says a look at all the data from 2012 shows that what they found last year was a version of what is popularly referred to as the "God particle."
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CERN physicist Joe Incandela said in a statement Thursday that "it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is."
The long-theorized subatomic particle would explain why matter has mass. It is considered a missing cornerstone of physics.
Last July scientists with the world's largest atom-smasher announced finding a particle they described as Higgs-like.