Higgs boson particle stirs some, perplexes many
On July 4, physicists made a huge announcement: They’d found the elusive Higgs boson, the so-called God particle — or at least a Higgs-like particle. Higgs has been called the key to the universe because it imbues other particles with mass. It took thousands of physicists and a $10 billion particle accelerator in Geneva to find it. But now the hard work really begins — for laypeople struggling to understand what it means.