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Higgs boson scientists share Nobel Prize for physics

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 01:08

Oct. 8 - Scientists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert win the 2013 Nobel Prize for physics for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson, the particle key to explaining why elementary matter has mass. Nathan Frandino reports.

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For many in the Nobel community, this year's physics prize is hardly a surprise. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STAFFAN NORMARK, PERMANENT SECRETARY OF THE ROYAL SWEDISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES SAYING: "The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to professor Francois Englert at Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and Peter Higgs at University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom." Englert and Higgs are taking home the prize for their work on the Higgs boson, the particle that explains how elementary matter attained the mass to form stars and planets. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STAFFAN NORMARK, PERMANENT SECRETARY OF THE ROYAL SWEDISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES SAYING: "The Academy citation runs: "For the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles." Their theoretical work was finally confirmed in 2012 at the CERN Research center's giant, underground particle-smasher near Geneva. The Higgs boson is the last piece of the Standard Model of physics that describes the fundamental make-up of the universe. The discovery was hailed as one of the most important in physics.

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Higgs boson scientists share Nobel Prize for physics

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 01:08