U.Va. physics professor Brad Cox, a member of a team that presented evidence of the discovery of the Higgs boson.
To paraphrase an old commercial: It doesn’t get any bigger than this.

And University of Virginia science is right there in the thick of the action.

"It" is the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that may catapult quantum science into an understanding of the nature of matter.

Brad Cox is a physics professor at the University of Virginia and a member of one of two independent teams that, on July 4, presented evidence of the discovery of the Higgs boson. Data for the analysis were collected at the European Center for Nuclear Research in Geneva, where atoms are smashed in a 17-mile long tunnel.

For months, physicists have been quietly excited about the possibility that such analysis could prove the existence of the hypothesized particle.

They are stopping just short of saying that they have discovered the Higgs boson, which has been postulated to explain why matter has mass and why mass plus gravity equals weight. They are saying only that they have discovered a new subatomic particle that is largely consistent with the predicted Higgs particle.

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