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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 11:16pm
Peter Higgs, a British physicist, first theorized a concept called the "Higgs Boson" in 1964 to explain what set off the Big Bang billions of years ago, that scientists say created the universe. Now, at the age of 83, he's alive to witness scientists prove his theory, and explain the "bang" in "Big Bang" theory.
For many years, science has tried to explain how the universe came into existence. According to the "Big Bang" theory in Physics, a massive explosion that happened billions of years ago created everything that exists in the world today.
But for scientists, the bigger question has always been 'What caused the explosion in the first place?' It took them 50 years and cost $10 billion, but scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research or "CERN," say, they've finally found the answer. It's called the "Higgs Boson," also known as the "God Particle" -- it's said to be what triggered the Big Bang and then joined everything together and gave it mass, the stuff we're made of, after the explosion happened.
"We don't know by understanding the nature even more, one step further, where this is going to take us in the future -- what new things, what new improvements for our society are going to come out of this discovery," said UTEP Physics Professor, Dr. Vivian Incera.
But how did scientists at CERN make the discovery? Using this machine called a "particle collider," located at their offices between Switzerland and France. The massive collider recreates the Big Bang over and over again, and helped scientists discover Higgs Boson.
Locals in El Paso said they're thrilled about this new finding.
"I was actually really amazed and I was really glad that they made the discovery because my opinion is that little by little, they're answering a lot of questions of the unexplained," said Carlos Barba.
"It will be a revolutionary achievement in the science because now the people, now the science, will be able more to find the answers about the universe," said Sajib Barman.
Others want more answers.
"Congratulations but like, where is the particle coming from? Who made that? For regular people, it's still mysterious," said Jae Na.
And will the new scientific discovery cause controversy among religious communities who have their own explanations for how the universe works? UTEP Professor Vivian Incera says you can have religious beliefs and still accept the Higgs Boson.
"Science is not something you have to believe or not believe. Science is science because it is proof," said Dr. Incera.
Scientists at CERN announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson on the day of Einstein's birthday -- March 14.