In my humble opinion, this is perhaps the most exciting physics related news of 2011.
First theorized by British physicist Peter Higgs, the Higgs boson, the so called “God particle,” if successfully created, would confirm the Standard Model explaining why every elementary particle has a mass. Two independent teams have been searching for this elusive prize at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva. It is tremendously difficult to create, but scientists were hoping that the collisions of high energy proton beams could do so, that is, if this amazing particle actually exists. But for now, whatever discoveries will have to be posted under the achievements of 2012.
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