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Do you have questions about what it’s like to be a particle physicist? Ask Jeremiah Mans, and keep your eyes on Science Buzz for the answer!

“To observe the smallest and most interesting details deep inside the proton, we have built one of the largest scientific devices in history.”

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The world around us, everything we see and feel, is made up of particles even smaller than atoms. The complex ways that these subatomic particles interact with each other determine the rules of the universe: why sunlight makes us warm, why we stick to the ground instead of flying into space, what makes our matter… matter.

The science of particle physics has created a standard model that seems to explain how all of these strange, tiny things interact. But there’s one piece missing from this model, a theoretical particle called the Higgs boson. The Standard Model of particle physics depends on the existence of the Higgs boson, and Jeremiah Mans is going to help find it.