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The Large Hadron Collider may have found a 'groundbreaking' new fundamental particle.

If confirmed, the particle - possibly a very heavy variation of the Higgs boson - could change our understanding of how the universe works.

The discovery was made after physicists spotted unexpected spikes in the data from two LHC detectors. 

The spikes reached 750 giga-electronvolts (GeV) and are thought to be the result of super-high energy proton collisions, according to Motherboard

Both the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) and ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) experiments at the LHC detected the change.

At these energy levels, scientists have found an excess of photon particles when heavier particles, such as protons, collide.

If these spikes are confirmed, they suggest the presence of a new particle produced in proton collisions. 

Scientists say it could help them revise something known as the 'Standard Model' which explains how particles in the universe work.

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