14 July 2010, JellyBean @ 9:36 am

Physicists have moved to quash rumours that the elusive Higgs boson – dubbed the God particle – has been detected by a US “atom smasher”.

A spokesman for the lab which operated the Tevatron accelerator denied scientists had made a discovery there.

The Tevatron, based at Fermilab in Illinois, is the US rival to Europe’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

The rumours were made public in a blog post by an Italian particle physicist.

But a spokesman for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) told BBC News: “There is no merit to the rumours of a Higgs discovery.”

On Tuesday, Fermilab’s Twitter feed said: “Let’s settle this: the rumours spread by one fame-seeking blogger are just rumours. That’s it.”

Read the whole article here: BBC

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