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This undated image made available by CERN shows a typical candidate event in the search for the Higgs boson, including two high-energy photons whose energy is measured in the CMS electromagnetic calorimeter. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, said Thursday, a look at all the data from 2012 shows that what it found last year was a version of what is popularly referred to as the “God particle.”

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Physicists say they have found a Higgs boson

Physicists said Thursday they are now confident they have discovered a crucial subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson — a major discovery that will go a long ways toward helping them explain why the universe is the way it is.

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