Fine Structure

Higgs-like Particle Discovered

Let's get this out of the way first: a new fundamental particle has been discovered at the LHC!

Now, on to the nitty gritty. I think Wired has the right idea here to make the distinction between discovering a new particle (99.999% confidence that this is something new) and that this is actually the Higgs as the standard model describes it. It'll take some time to discern the useful parts of this new particle but it definitely looks like the Higgs from its mass (around 125-126GeV) and the products that it decays into. ]