Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cue The Very Tiny Confetti

About two weeks ago, we mentioned here that two teams of scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, looking for a '5-sigma' result in looking for the Higgs boson, meaning that what they wanted to find needed to have only a  0.000028%. Rumors suggested that the two teams had each come up with a 4-sigma result, meaning there was a 0.13% chance of it being a statistical outlier as opposed to what they've been looking for. The buzz came from the fact that in this case, 4-sigma plus 4-sigma might equal 5-sigma.

This morning, the two teams announced their official results.

Both reported 5-sigma. The Bad Astronomy blog at Discover Magazine goes into the nitty-gritty of it here.

Unless there is a spectacular misjudgment going on, they've found it. And unless someone comes along to disprove them- and the community's surely going to do their due diligence- it's just about a given that three of the people who helped find it have a Nobel speech in their future.

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