Physicists discover never-before-seen particle sitting on table

Researchers have discovered a new particle that is a magnetic relative of the Higgs boson. While the discovery of the Higgs boson required the enormous particle-accelerating power of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), this never-before-seen particle – dubbed the axial Higgs boson – was discovered using an experiment that could stand on a small kitchen counter. .

In addition to being a first in itself, this magnetic cousin of the Higgs boson – the particle responsible for giving mass to other particles – could be a candidate for black matter, which represents 85% of the total mass of the universe but is only revealed by gravity.

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