Scientists with CERN at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva believe they have discovered the elusive Higgs-Boson particle during its recent test. The "god" paticle as many have called it is believed to have been present only at the formation of the universe and scientist think by finding it, they will gain a better understanding of our universe as well as many other unknown and yet to be known discoveries.
Though they have not yet stated in fact they found it, they do believe they have and are now researching their test to see if in fact, they did. To accomplish this, they used the LHC to collide atoms together at near light speeds and studied the results. The search for this particle has been a long 45 year hunt, and once discovered is believe to explain how matter gets it's mass.
The CMS team claimed they had seen a "bump" in their data corresponding to a particle weighing in at 125.3 gigaelectronvolts (GeV) - about 133 times heavier than the protons that lie at the heart of every atom.
They claimed that by combining two data sets, they had attained a confidence level just at the "five-sigma" point - about a one-in-3.5 million chance that the signal they see would appear if there were no Higgs particle.
However, a full combination of the CMS data brings that number just back to 4.9 sigma - a one-in-two million chance.
Prof Joe Incandela, spokesman for the CMS, was unequivocal: "The results are preliminary but the five-sigma signal at around 125 GeV we're seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle," he told the Geneva meeting.
Prof Stephen Hawking joined in with an opinion on a topic often discussed in hushed tones.
"This is an important result and should earn Peter Higgs the Nobel Prize," he told BBC News.
"But it is a pity in a way because the great advances in physics have come from experiments that gave results we didn't expect."
In discussing his bet over the discovery, Hawking admitted to the BBC he lost $100.
So far, if indeed the Higgs-Boson particle has been discovered, there have been no black holes on earth as many had feared, and the earth appears to have retained its shape, orbit and rotation.
Though scientist admit, they have no way of knowing if it could have affected something on the other side of the universe, but they do doubt it.