Higgs particle event - CERN photoScientists announced yesterday that millions of dollars and years of effort in Europe have paid off in the search for the elusive particle called the Higgs boson. Dubbed the “God particle” in popular media, it is presumed to be at the heart of the Universe’s creation and key to the understanding of mass.

The discovery of a new sub-atomic particle, which was remarkably close to what researchers suspected the Higgs boson to be, was “a stunning triumph of both theory and experiment”.

Peter Higgs, now 83, a theorist who envisioned the particle as a young man in 1964, teared up as he attended the announcement in Geneva.

(READ the story in the Washington PostWATCH the announcement and explanation below from CERN)

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