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Canadians connect the dots in odyssey to snag elusive 'God particle'

Robert McPherson, research scientist at the University of Victoria, stands in front of the Higgs boson particle theory written on a whiteboard at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Wednesday, July 4, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER - Canuck brain power is being lauded for helping find a missing link towards explaining life, the universe and everything else as researchers reveal the discovery of the so-called "God particle."

About 150 Canadians are part of an international network whose research helped to discover the crucial subatomic Higgs boson particle.

Scientists at nine Canadian universities and the Vancouver-based TRIUMF physics lab joined the elusive search for the particle starting two decades ago.

The Canadians helped to build the particle detector which then processed millions of gigabytes of data which eventually led to the finding.

TRIUMF particle physicist Isabel Trigger, who helped lead the lab's team, calls the finding a huge Canadian success story.

The Canadian research cost about $100 million over two decades, which Trigger said puts the country at the leading edge of scientific progress.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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