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Someone might have just been served: but it's too early to say for sure.
Someone might have just been served: but it's too early to say for sure.Courtesy James Alby
If that headline meant anything at all to you, it probably also meant, "Aw, SNAP!"

In the giant, high-energy dance off of the particle accelerators, the tough-but-kinda-slow boy from down the street, LHC, just got served by the scrappy old-schooler, Tevatron. Maybe.

What am I talking about? You know what I'm talking about! Tevatron brought it Chi-town style all up in LHC's huge, eurotrash grill, and pulled off LHC's signature move, a move that, ironically, LHC has not yet executed; according to an Italian physicist's blog, scientists at Fermilab's Tevatron super-collider in Illinois may have discovered evidence of the Higgs boson, the last unobserved particle in everybody's favorite model of particle physics. The Higgs, if it does in fact exist, is what gives matter mass. If it doesn't exist, we need to re-think our ideas about how the universe works.

The icing on the cake of the maybe-discovery is that the Tevatron particle accelerator has been scheduled to shut down sometime in the next couple years, because the much larger and more powerful new accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland, the LHC, was about to make it obsolete. The LHC was built, in part, to prove the existence of the Higgs boson.

Now the LHC is sitting there wondering if the old dog really just called it "son."