Hopes of finding the elusive Higgs boson appear to have been dashed after scientists at the Fermilab near Chicago, Illinois turned up nothing.
“We do not see the signal,” Dmitri Denisov, staff scientist at Fermilab, told FoxNews. “If it existed, we would see it. But when we look at our data, we basically see nothing.”
The Higgs boson has been nicknamed by some the “God Particle” because it is believed to be the fundamental particle of matter, the smallest piece of substance that gives all other matter weight.
For the last 20 years a number of prominent scientists have spared no expense in attempting to prove the God particle’s existence — going as far as constructing The Large Hadron Collider, a multi-billion dollar, 17-mile long particle accelerator in Geneva. To this date, none have succeeded.
Though disappointing, the results shouldn’t really come as a surprise, physicists say. The strange anomaly that led to the God Particle chatter was nothing like what physicists expected from the Higgs in the first place.
“I had known from the start. It could not be a Higgs, and it can’t be anything else either,” said Tommaso Dorigo, an experimental particle physicist who works with the LHC.
Regardless of the setback, scientists are still confident that by the end of 2012 we should have answer to the Shakespearean question for the Higgs boson, “To be, or not to be?”