I just finished reading Tommaso Dorigo’s excellent blog post about the new results from Fermilab. The bottom line:
- There is a reason why a 3-σ result is not usually accepted a proof of discovery;
- The detected signal is highly unlikely to be a Higgs particle;
- It may be something exotic going beyond the Standard Model, such as a Z’ neutral vector boson;
- Or, it may yet turn out to be nothing, a modeling artifact that will eventually go away after further analysis.