Loose-lipped scientists may have already spoiled the planned Wednesday announcement of the latest findings in the hunt for the missing "god particle," the Higgs boson, but the European Organization For Nuclear Research (CERN), the agency in charge of the search, is still keeping the lid on the official results until then.
Asked if CERN could confirm an Associated Press report on Monday quoting scientists saying that the existence of the Higgs boson had been proven in the latest round of data obtained from the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, a CERN spokesperson provided TPM with the following statement:
"We are overwhelmed by the organization of our press conference on Wednesday. Moreover the physicists do not give any numbers regarding their results so we cannot reply to your questions now"
So while the early reports are favorable for a positive indicator of Higgs, the official announcement will still have to wait. The particle is the last missing, unobserved piece of the Standard Model, the most widely-accepted theory of the physical laws of the universe.