That said, it looks like the search for the Higgs Boson, undoubtedly one of the most promenant searches in physics of our generation, may be nearing an end. Just some quotes:
I believe this is firm evidence of the existence of a SM Higgs at 124-126 GeV.
First of all, we expected it to be around there...
Second, three-point-six standard deviations above background expectations from one experiment would not be enough ... But the two experiments are providing a very coherent picture.
Third, the evidence is coming from different search channels, and they all appear to be coherent with the Standard Model expected cross section.
Fourth, I do not believe we need to worry anymore too much about the look-elsewhere effect.As you know, I have always said "half of three-sigma results are false" since there is just so often an unknown systematic skewing your statistics. However, in this case two different experiments using different channels arrived at the same answer. One at 3.6 sigma and the other at 2.4 sigma. Now I would say the risk of something being off by an unknown systematic is pretty minimal and thus I think we have reason to believe there is a high probability we are finally uncovering the Higgs: A boson at 124-126 GeV. (Though it isn't official yet I should remind you!)
But still: Congratulations particle physicists!