But what is all this discussion about a "three-sigma event"? Is it significant?
"Three-sigma events happen occasionally, especially when you look at a lot of data," said Sean Carroll, senior research associate in the Department of Physics at Caltech. "But it could be real."
Three-sigma refers to the statistical certainty of a given result. In this case, the rumored result is supposed to have a 99.7 percent chance of being correct (and a 0.3 percent chance of being wrong).
"Three-sigma isn't seen as a ‘discovery,' but it would be strong evidence for the existence of the Higgs," Butterworth added. "Really, a ‘five-sigma' is classed as a discovery. Five-sigma is the ‘Gold Standard.'"
Also, this "three-sigma" claim arose from a rumor that may or may not be substantiated.
Carroll also urged caution about Dorigo's dramatic blog post: "I would be inclined to wait until there was some actual announcement, rather than just rumors on the internet, before taking it seriously."
So, it looks like we'll have to wait until scientists present their research at the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP) in Paris on July 22 before we start getting too excited.