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New data said to narrow search for Higgs particle

GENEVA (AP) - A scientist from one of two research teams says new data uncovered narrow the regions where an elusive sub-atomic particle believed to be a basic building block of the universe is likely to be found.

The information is expected to be confirmed later Tuesday by the second research team. Both teams are involved with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva.

Fabiola Gianotti, an Italian physicist with the team running what's called the ATLAS experiment, said "the hottest region" is in lower energy ranges.

Researchers believe data about the so-called Higgs boson could help explain many scientific mysteries. British physicist Peter Higgs theorized its existence more than 40 years ago to explain why atoms have weight.


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