Here’s some interesting news from the oft-ignored particle physics front:

For 20 years he has been searching for one of the most elusive things in the universe, the Higgs boson – aka the God particle – which gives everything in the cosmos its mass. And here, buried in the debris generated by the world’s largest particle smasher, were a few tantalising hints of its existence…

… The Higgs boson is infamous as the only particle predicted by the standard model of physics that remains undetected. In theory, every other particle in the universe gets its mass by interacting with an all-pervading field created by Higgs bosons. If the Higgs is discovered, the standard model could justifiably claim to be the theory that unifies everything except gravity.