Scientists offered their conclusions after poring through data gathered from trillions of proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider in 2011 and 2012. This was no mean feat. The LHC accelerated the protons close to the speed of light as they traversed a nearly 5-mile-long ring. In the resulting collisions, the particles created other particles -- including, they believe, the Higgs. CERN says it takes about 1 billion collisions to make a single Higgs boson.