"In 2008, scientists fired up the Large Hadron Collider and began searching for the answer to one of the biggest questions in physics: Why do particles have mass? Now, 50 years after Peter Higgs first proposed what became known as the Higgs boson, the various researchers at CERN have the utmost certainty that they have found it."
"The Standard Model describes the fundamental particles from which we, and every visible thing in the universe, are made, and the forces acting between them. All the matter that we can see, however, appears to be no more than about 4% of the total. A more exotic version of the Higgs particle could be a bridge to understanding the 96% of the universe that remains obscure.
“We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. http://phys.org/news/2012-07-cern-physicists-strong-evidence-particle.html
"Scientists believe that in the first billionth of a second after the Big Bang, the universe was a gigantic soup of particles racing around at the speed of light without any mass to speak of. It was through their interaction with the Higgs field that they gained mass and eventually formed the universe." http://www.firstpost.com/world/live-cern-scientists-presenting-evidence-for-god-particle-366545.html
Physicists At CERN Confirm Discovery Of Elusive Higgs Particle Essential To Understanding The Universe: "The discovery of the Higgs boson is the last piece of the puzzle for the Standard Model, which will now likely be refined with further experimentation and potentially pave the way toward even more unification theories. But for now, science has another toolset — like Newton’s Laws of Motion, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and quantum mechanics — in which to study the strangeness and mystery of everything that surrounds us. Understanding of other cosmic phenomena, such as dark matter and dark energy, extra dimensions, antimatter, and string theory, will only benefit from this deeper understanding of subatomic particles and the forces that bind them." http://www.forbes.com/sites/singularity/2012/07/04/physicists-at-cern-confirm-discovery-of-elusive-higgs-particle-essential-to-understanding-the-universe/
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson
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