Soo, if you're a physicist you definitely know about monday's press conference and seminar at CERN. If you're not here are a couple of links: one from Nature
and one from a very good siciene blog Cosmic Variance
that explain a bit about what's going down.
The tl;dr version is: Nothing much, but a very interesting nothing much.
I was at a big particle physics conference this summer and the general consensus was that if
CERN has a joint ATLAS/CMS press seminar before chistmas, it will be because they found the Higgs. Well, the rumor I hear is they heven't but that there are tiny signals around 126GeV.
My guesstimate is they'll announce ~3.2 sigma deviation, but wont call it more than a hint as the possible existence of the Higgs.
This is enticing! I don't follow this too closely and I'm definitely not a physicist but I'd read some things that some people are beginning to doubt the existence of the Higgs. I personally don't think so but it's good to see some critical dissent in the ranks.
Or, one could just check that all the links work immediately after posting.
Anyway here(pdf) is the paper by Higgs from 1964 if anyone is interested to see what it takes to get a Nobel prize ;-).
But I am not sceptical at all about the fact that there is something there and that this day will be remenered as the day the higgs was found.
What was really interesting from my point of view was that the particle that they discovered does not behave like the Standard model Higgs boson in certain respects. Mainly it seems like it does fix the "Unitary Problem" but it seems not to do the whole "give masses to fermions" bit.
This is extremely nice since it means that I still have a job.
Here is a nice pic of the bump
"abandoning the SSC at this point would signal that the United States is compromising its position of leadership in basic science" - Bill Clinton.