Teams of physicists at CERN, Europe's organisation for nuclear research, have discovered traces of a possible new fundamental particle of nature on Tuesday.
Many theorists have put other work aside to study the latest discovery. Some believe it is just a 'coincidence.'
"I don't think there is anyone who thinks this is conclusive. But it would be huge if true," said Kyle Cranmer, a physicist from New York University who works for one of CERN's teams, The New York Times reported.
If the particle does exist, chances are it will weigh heavier than the Higgs Boson particle that explains why other particles have mass, the report said.
However, it is still too soon to confirm the discovery, as a lot of times statistical flukes and anomalies are bound to occur. A lot more research at the Hadron Collider will have to be undertaken by physicists to understand the new matter, the report said.
Nima Arkani-Hamed, particle theorist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, said, "So while we are nowhere near moving champagne even vaguely close to the fridge, it is intriguing," The New York Times report stated.
Four years ago around the same time, the same two teams detected matching bumps in the large Hadron Collider data—leading to the discovery of Higgs Boson six months later.
The Higgs Boson, confirmed by scientists in 2012, is the last missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle of the standard model. However, some questions are still left unanswered, such as what is at the end of the black hole?
"The more non-standard the better. It will give people a lot to think about. We get paid to speculate," said Joe Lykken, director of research at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and a member of the CERN teams, The New York Times reported.