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Finding the Higgs would validate the Standard Model, a theory which identifies the building blocks for matter

A graphic from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva shows a proton-proton collision event measured in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experience in the search for the Higgs boson. Physicists said Thursday the potential discovery of the "God particle" was a gateway to a new era that could see humanity unlock some of the universe's great mysteries including dark matter.

Where the 'God particle' was found

The tracks of an elementary particle found in the Large Hadron Collider are likely the Higgs boson, analysis shows according to the physicists at CERN.