Higgs boson solution

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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21st January, 2012
Particle physics used to be easy. There were atoms, inside which energetic electrons whizzed around a nucleus made up of protons and neutrons. Today’s elementary particles are quarks and leptons and bosons and fermions; there are up versions and down versions, charged versions and neutral versions. But together, the many subatomic particles discovered in recent decades are not enough to explain what physicists call the “standard model”, a theory that squares away pretty much everything about the constituent parts of the known universe … except why particles have mass. Enter the ...

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