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'God particle' findings to be unveiled by Swiss physicists

Physicists at CERN are seen in this file photo.

July 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Scientists in Switzerland are preparing to present findings which they say nearly proves the existence of the "God particle."

Physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, are planning to unveil their work Wednesday. These physicists have worked with the world's largest atom smasher and say they have nearly confirmed the particle's existence.

The focus of their work rests in the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that, if confirmed, could help explain why matter has mass, which combines with gravity to give an object weight. The scientists' vast amount of data shows the footprint and shadow of the particle, which all but proves it exists -- even though it has actually yet to be seen. About $10 billion has been spent on the project.

It is believed that the "God particle" could explain the foundations of the universe. "God particle" is a layman's term used as an explanation for how the subatomic universe works rather than how it all started.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.