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For nearly a century, physics has stretched in a tug-o-war between the science of the very big and the indescribably small. For planets and galaxies, gravity is easily noticed. But in the realm of microparticle interactions, gravity is weak because the size of the matter is tiny. Too small, many believed, for it to have a meaningful role in major cosmic events like particle formation — where electromagnetic and nuclear forces are much more potent.

However, physicists are rethinking gravity's place in the basic blocks of nature, assigning the cosmic force a small but critical role in explaining how fundamental particles could come into being, according to a recent study published in the journal Universe.

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