The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced early Wednesday morning in Zurich that they had new data in their search for the so-called "God particle."


The particle, nicknamed by Nobel prizewinning physicist Leon Lederman, can help scientists understand the origin of mass in the universe. Despite giving the particle the nickname, Lederman isn't such a fan of the title. "I find it embarrassing because, though I’m not a believer myself, I think it is the kind of misuse of terminology which I think might offend some people," he recently told The Guardian.

U.S. physicists announced on Monday that they had gathered sufficient evidence that showed "strong hints" of the particle's existence, but they were waiting on additional data to be released from CERN to confirm this discovery.

Watch live, broadcast via CERN's website on July 4, scheduled to begin at 8:35 CEST.


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