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Nobel prize for physics goes to Higgs boson scientists

The Nobel prize in physics has been awarded to the scientists who predicted the existence of the  Higgs boson nearly 40 years ago.

Francois Englert and Peter Higgs were granted the coveted award this morning by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

They separately proposed, way back in 1964, that a particle we now know as the Higgs boson allows matter to acquire mass. The existence of that particle was confirmed in 2012 by scientists working at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland.


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