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Nobel Prize winner for Physics, Belgium’s Francois Englert, speaks Tuesday during a news conference at the University of Brussels in Brussels. Englert and Peter Higgs of Britain won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for their theory on how the most basic building blocks of the universe acquire mass, eventually forming the world we know today.

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2 win physics Nobel for Higgs theory (VIDEO)

Nearly 50 years after they came up with the theory, but little more than a year since the world’s biggest atom smasher delivered the proof, Britain’s Peter Higgs and Belgian colleague Francois Englert won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for helping to explain how matter formed after the Big Bang.

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