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Time running out for $6.4 billion Large Hadron Collider as scientists hunting God Particle come up empty-handed

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large-hadron-colliderSCIENTISTS hunting for the ellusive Higgs boson – the theoretical God particle which supposedly holds everything in the  universe together – have revealed they, er , haven't found it.

Results in today from the $6.4 billion Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, which was largely set up to find the Higgs boson, have killed off at least one version of the theoretical concept.

And a large percentage of the 'ranges of masses' where the boson was hoped to have been found have also come up blank.

Boffins at the LHC, a 17 mile (27km) ring of high technology buried 328 feet (100m) below Switzerland, told a conference in Paris they had narrowed down their search for the particle, leaving only a small range of masses that the elusive Higgs might have. Critics have interpreted this as meaning the chances of discovering the Higgs were narrowing.

The results – yes or no – will be known definitively in a matter of weeks.

The LHC smashes protons together at close to the speed of light to recreate conditions that existed a fraction of a second after the big bang.

The plan is to use these extreme conditions to find the Higgs boson which – if the theory is correct – is the invisible field that pervades all of space and endows fundamental particles with mass.

Without the field, or something to do its job, elementary particles would weigh nothing and forever zip around at the speed of light.

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