Boson-ward and upward

Talk about too much excitement before bed! CERN confirmed tonight (both links still updating live) that they've found a particle of the right mass to be the long-awaited Higgs boson.

BBC News explains, though, that to confirm that the newly-discovered particle is the Higgs, scientists will need to know more properties than its mass, and that this'll take a few more years.

Higgs or not, it'll be exciting to see what other results --- and, I'm betting, practical applications --- the discovery leads to in that time.