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Scientists have spent decades looking for the elusive Higgs boson. They may have just gotten one step closer to finding it, and unlocking the mystery of how we all got here to begin with.

The excitement from Europe earlier this month was palpable. Experiments had hinted at the discovery of a new fundamental ingredient of nature—a particle called the Higgs boson. This wasn’t just any particle, but one that could potentially tell us that the theory physicists have been using to understand matter’s fundamental building blocks for the last half century is premised on a secure foundation.

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