Nobel Prize for physics goes to 'God Particle' discovery

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    UNDATED (CBS) -- The Nobel Prize in physics went to physicists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert today. The men discovered the so called "God Particle".

    Judges awarded this year's Nobel Prize in physics to two men for their discovery of the so called God particle which helps explain the creation of mass.

    Physicists Peter Higgs of Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium won in a majority vote.

    Staffan Normark, permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Tuesday, "For the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles."

    Scientists say the universe as we know it might never have formed if it were not for an invisible miracle of physics called a "Higgs boson" also known as the God particle.

    In the 1960's Higgs theorized the tiny particles existed, giving weightless atoms mass. But it wasn't until last year, that a multinational team confirmed their existence, using an 18 mile long supercollider near Geneva.

    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize after a highly unusual one hour delay. The academy called the discovery a triumph for theoretical physics and research.

    Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences did not explain the delay in its announcement; the group simply tweeted "still in session" when the original announcement time came and went.

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