Is The God Particle Already Dead?

“The trouble is that this signature is not unique, at least not given the amount of data that CERN has so far collected. We show that current LHC data already strongly disfavor both the dilatonic and non-dilatonic singlet imposters. On the other hand, a generic Higgs doublet and a triplet imposter give equally good fits to the measured event rates of the newly observed scalar resonance.”
A team of scientists at MIT have published a report questioning the validity of last week’s announcement that scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva had finally identified the elusive Higgs Boson particle. This comes as little surprise to some of us. I had thought there was something dilatonically or non-dilatonically fishy about that scalar resonance. [Via]