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Particles of doubt: What if it wasn't the Higgs boson?

By Dr Shane Huntington

Physicists Dr Serguei Ganjour and Dr Martin White delve into the details around the "likely" discovery of the Higgs boson and discuss the uncertainties that still surround the newly observed particle. They ask what it means for our understanding of the universe and of physics if it turns out not to be the Higgs.

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VOICEOVER
Welcome to Up Close, the research talk show from University of Melbourne, Australia.

SHANE HUNTINGTON
I'm Shane Huntington. Thanks for joining us. The Higgs boson has been surrounded by both mystery and hype since Peter Higgs and fellow theorists first predicted its existence in the 1960s. It has been dubbed the god particle for its ability to explain our observations of the universe, and physicists have been searching for ways to prove its existence for decades. And now, historically, the search for the Higgs may be over. The latest in our endeavour to detect the Higgs boson has recently produced some extraordinary results. Experiments of this size fall into the category of big science. Not only do these programs combine the efforts of numerous countries, but they can involve thousands of individual scientists.The Large Hadron Collider, or LHC as it's known, where the Higgs experiments were done, made its mark long before it was even turned on in 2008. Some predicted these experiments would even end the world. Happily, we are all still here, and with a better understanding of how the universe works.To discuss these exciting experiments in particle physics we are joined by...

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