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Higgs Boson Found? Without "God Particle," No Galaxies—And No Life

The so-called God particle was proposed in the 1960s by physicist Peter Higgs to explain why some particles, such as quarks - building blocks of protons, among other things - and electrons have mass while others, such as the light-carrying photon particle, do not. Higgs's idea was that the universe is bathed in an invisible field similar to a magnetic field. Every particle feels this field - now known as the Higgs field - but to varying degrees.