It's a boson: Higgs quest bears new particle | Reuters So the CERN facility has accomplished one of its primary goals (or appears to have done so) - discovered the existance of the a new "boson" particle, very possibly the one proposed by Higgs. What's a boson? It's a subatomic particle, one of the bits of matter that makes up atoms, which, in turn, make up the matter of our universe. Bosons are important because they are the carriers of various fundamental forces, such as weak force interactions, strong force interactions, and EM radiation. Boson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Higgs boson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia So what? The Higgs-Boson is thought to be fundamental in how matter in the universe achieves mass. Thus, the existence of such a particle (before only a theoretical) helps to explain not only how the universe functions, but a number of "grey areas" as to where mass is distributed throughout the universe. What's next? Testing, testing, testing. The results will have to be reproduced, naturally, and even then, this new Boson may not be a "true" Higgs-boson. While it may verify the Higgs mechanism, it may also deviate from the theory and function in entirely different or unforeseen aways, and only exhaustive testing and observation will determine how. Still, it's a great discovery, and one that could represent a paradigm-shift in how we understand the greater universe.