2012 Scientific Breakthrough of the Year: The Higgs Boson

Each year, Science chooses a singular scientific development as Breakthrough of the Year. Exotic particles made headlines again and again in 2012, making it no surprise that the breakthrough of the year is a big physics finding: confirmation of the existence of the Higgs Boson. Hypothesized more than 40 years ago, the elusive particle completes the standard model of physics, and is arguably the key to the explanation of how other fundamental particles obtain mass. In this video, Science news writer Adrian Cho talks about this momentous finding and what physicists will do next.

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