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Big news from the subatomic world was released this week. Scientists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva announced evidence of a new particle thought to be the long-sought Higgs boson.

Since the realm of subatomic particles is not one most people are familiar with, the nice folks at PHD comics have put together an animated video that helps explain what particles like bosons, quarks and neutrinos are. There is also a nice explanation of how particle colliders like the LHC or Fermilab's Tevatron collider here in suburban Chicago work, and why physicists are so darned excited about this discovery.

Video: The Higgs Boson Explained from PHD Comics on Vimeo.

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