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Everything You Need To Know About The Higgs Boson In Under Eight Minutes

The Higgs Boson is kind of a big deal. If it does exist, it could provide a key to unifying the standard and quantum models of physics. There’s a press conference scheduled for tomorrow and it’s looking like the boffins at CERN have observed a new particle. But what is a Higgs Boson, what does it do, and how does it work?

With the help of this animated short, UCI physics professor Daniel Whiteson breaks down the basics of this mysterious particle (or is it a field?) in a way even your parents can understand. [Vimeo via Open Culture]