These events and discoveries make up the key stories in the field of physics this year.
Clues to the ‘God particle’Scientists said on Dec. 13 that they’re homing in on the Higgs boson, the elusive theoretical particle that’s believed to play a key role in the fabric of the universe. Although researchers haven’t found the Higgs conclusively, one of them said there was an “excess of events” detected in particle-collider experiments that hints at where the Higgs could be found. The announcement of new data obtained by experiments conducted by two teams at the Large Hadron Collider, the huge apparatus near Geneva, was closely followed by the global physics community. No one expected a definitive discovery, and none was announced. But scientists who gathered in an auditorium for a seminar at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) erupted in sustained applause at what seems to be a major step toward a scientific breakthrough.CERN