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Physicists have been messing around with the "standard model":http://physics.info/standard/ since the 1970s by slamming particles into one another to discern the basic building blocks of the universe. While the model described the particles quite well, there was no evidence beyond theoretical prediction about the bosons that influenced the forces between them. The "Higgs Boson":http://science.howstuffworks.com/higgs-boson.htm in particular was of interest to physicists and is often referred to as the "God Particle":http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/a-closer-look-at-the-higgs-boson-particle-that-helps-explain-what-gives-matter-size-and-shape/2012/07/04/gJQAz99RNW_story.html for its theorized purpose in providing mass. This property is, of course, critical for allowing atoms to form and ultimately for "us" to exist, hence the name. The Higgs Boson was actually found in December of 2011 but to avoid an embarrassing declaration of science ("faster than light neutrinos?":http://www.omninerd.com/articles/Controversy_Over_Faster_Than_Light_Neutrinos), researchers held onto the news until a definitive "five-sigma level of confidence":http://news.discovery.com/space/big-question-for-2012-higgs-boson-real-111213.html was attained. The discovery was made possible by smashing particles repeatedly in the CERN supercollider revealing evidence of the Higgs Boson with a "mass equaling 125 gigaelectron volts (GeV) — about 125 times the mass of a proton":http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/07/120704-god-particle-higgs-boson-new-cern-science/.
Be prepared for the resurgence of the physics nerd as they steal the cash, chicks and cocaine from the more mainstream geeks and rappers, as according to Princeton physicists - "It’s a triumphant day for fundamental physics. Now some fun begins. ":http://www.