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Oct 8, 2013 8:02 AM by Associated Press

Englert and Higgs win Nobel physics prize

STOCKHOLM (AP) - The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences rewarded Physicists Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain with a Nobel Prize for their quest for the Higgs boson (BOH'-zuhn), or so-called God particle.

Their theories on how subatomic particles acquire mass were confirmed last year at a laboratory in Geneva.

The announcement, which was widely expected, was delayed by one hour, which is highly unusual. The academy gave no immediate reason, other than saying on Twitter that it was "still in session" at the original announcement time.

Englert and Higgs theorized about the existence of the particle in the 1960s to provide an answer to a riddle: why matter has mass. The tiny particle, they believed, acts like molasses on snow - causing other basic building blocks of nature to stick together, slow down and form atoms.

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