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News Brief: Experiments at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider have produced hard-to-come-by evidence of interactions between the Higgs boson and top quarks. The findings, announced today at a conference in Bologna, Italy, “give a strong indication that the Higgs boson has a key role in the large value of the top quark mass,” Karl Jakobs, spokesperson for the LHC’s ATLAS collaboration, said in a news release. By following up on such observations, scientists at the CERN research center may find a path to exotic phenomena not predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. For details, check CERN’s website as well as the research papers in Physical Review Letters and on the ArXiv preprint website.

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