Peter Higgs Nobel Prize momentum builds for boson find after Hawking push

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GENEVA — As scientists begin to pore over what the discovery of a sub-atomic particle that may be the elusive Higgs boson find could actually mean, momentum is fast growing for the man behind its name to claim one of the world’s great honours.

Physicists have claimed the potential discovery of the “God particle” was a gateway to a new era that could see humanity unlock some of the universe’s great mysteries including dark matter.

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) unveiled data from the Large Hadron Collider on Wednesday “consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson”, an elusive particle thought to help explain why matter has mass.

Scientists went into a frenzy following the announcement, speculating that it could one day make light speed travel possible by “un-massing” objects or allow huge items to be launched into…

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