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Scientists discover 'God particle'

Scientists believe they have captured the elusive "God particle" that gives matter mass and holds the physical fabric of the universe together. The announcement was made at the Large Hadron Collider, a £2.6 billion particle accelerator, near Geneva.

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Professor Higgs at namesake particle announcement

Professor Peter Higgs, the retired British physicist from Edinburgh University after whom the particle was named, was present at a packed seminar at the Geneva headquarters of Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.

Professor Peter Higgs Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The professor dreamed up the concept of the Higgs mechanism to explain mass while walking in the Cairngorms in 1964.

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