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What is the Higgs-Boson?

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This is a purely hypothetical elementary particle, that if it existed would explain why particles have mass. The standard model of particles cannot explain how mass arises - hence the Higgs-Boson was created as a new particle that binds to others and gives them mass. It's actual existence is hotly disputed, and it is not clear how even if the Higgs Boson did exist why this extra particle would be able to imbue mass when it cannot be explained in existing matter!

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