To be or not to be? The eternal question from Shakespeare's Hamlet may be answered by the end of next year, as scientists at the world's biggest atom smasher come closer to discovering the so-called "God particle."
"The search for the particle is entering its most exciting, final stage," said Stefan Soldner-Rembold from the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Recent experiments have yielded hints that a long-sought sub-atomic particle, known as the "God particle" truly exists. Back in 1964, scientists theorized that the God particle was the missing cornerstone that could explain how sub-atomic elements in the universe interact. But now, the Hadron Collider, a huge 17-mile ring-shaped collider straddling the French-Swiss border, could be on track to crack the puzzle within 18 months. The collider accelerates sub-atomic particles in opposite directions at nearly the speed of light and then smashes them together, creating collisions that briefly reach temperatures 100,000 times hotter than the sun.