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'God particle' scientists win Nobel Physics Prize

Peter Higgs of Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium won the Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for conceiving of the so-called "God particle" which confers mass. Higgs, 84, and Englert, 80, were honoured for theorising a particle -- discovered last year after an agonising quest -- that explains why the Universe has any substance at all. "This particle originates from an invisible field that fills up all space. Even when the Universe seems empty this field is there," the jury said in a statement.

Nobel physics laureate Higgs 'overwhelmed'

British scientist Peter Higgs said he was "overwhelmed" after he and Belgium's Francois Englert were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for their work on the Higgs Boson particle. "I am overwhelmed to receive this award and thank the Royal Swedish Academy," Higgs, 84, said in a statement released by Edinburgh University, where he is emeritus professor of theoretical physics. "I would also like to congratulate all those who have contributed to the discovery of this new particle and to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their support.

Nobel physics laureate Higgs 'overwhelmed'

British scientist Peter Higgs said he was "overwhelmed" after he and his Belgian colleague Francois Englert were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for their work on the Higgs Boson particle. "I am overwhelmed to receive this award and thank the Royal Swedish Academy," Higgs, 84, said in a statement released by Edinburgh University, where he is based. "I would also like to congratulate all those who have contributed to the discovery of this new particle and to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their support.

Englert, Higgs win Nobel Physics Prize

Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for the discovery of the "God particle", the Higgs Boson that explains why mass exists, the jury said. The pair were honoured for "the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle," the jury said. po/ph/yad

'God Particle' scientists win the Nobel Physics Prize

Peter Higgs of Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for the discovery of the "God particle", the Higgs Boson that explains why mass exists, the jury said. The pair were honoured for "the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle," the jury said.

'God Particle' in focus as Nobel season kicks off

The Nobel season kicks off Monday amid expectations that the physics prize will honour the discovery of the "God Particle", while a Pakistani girl who was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban could receive the peace prize. The breadth of the field of candidates exemplifies how the Nobel Prize, seen by many as the planet's most prestigious award, recognises both intellectual struggle with the fundamental riddles of nature -- and real battle against violations of basic human rights.

'God Particle' in focus as Nobel season kicks off

The Nobel season kicks off Monday amid expectations that the physics prize will honour the discovery of the "God Particle", while a Pakistani girl who was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban could receive the peace prize. The breadth of the field of candidates exemplifies how the Nobel Prize, seen by many as the planet's most prestigious award, recognises both intellectual struggle with the fundamental riddles of nature -- and real battle against violations of basic human rights.

Britain eyes cosmic ray analysis to detect smuggled nuclear substances

Britain is experimenting with a new device that can detect smuggled nuclear substances by analyzing the movement of particles naturally generated by cosmic rays, according to the country's Home Office. The new detector the British government hopes to deploy at airports and seaports will monitor particles called muons produced when cosmic rays hit the atmosphere, according to information disclosed by the Home Office, which oversees immigration and security, in response to a request by Kyodo News.

Two Higgs boson scientists tipped for Nobel prize

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Two scientists who predicted the existence of the Higgs boson - the mysterious particle that explains why elementary matter has mass - are Thomson Reuters' top tips to win this year's Nobel prize in physics. Recognition for a discovery that made headlines worldwide will come as no surprise, but deciding who deserves the glory is a tricky matter for the prize committee, which will announce its winner or winners on October 8.

After Higgs breakthrough, CERN readies for next cosmic quest

A year ago, the world's largest particle collider made one of the greatest discoveries in the history of science, identifying what is believed to be the Higgs Boson -- the long-sought maker of mass. Today, its computer screens are dark, the control desks unstaffed and the giant, supercooled tunnel empty of the crashing proton beams whose snapshots of the Big Bang helped flush out the elusive particle. But the silence is an illusion.
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