Today is a big day in the world of science for the big brainy guys at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson. if you are unfamiliar with this particle here is a brief summary. We start with the atom, which is made up of a Nucleus with electrons orbiting around it. Inside the nucleus are protons and neutrons which are incredible small and inside them are the quarks which are very very small particles. Giving these tiny particles mass is what has been discover today and it is called the higgs boson. As particles travel through space they pass through whats called the higgs field and this field slows then, you cannot see the higgs field but you can see what it does, thus giving the particles mass.
If I understand it correctly its like the glue of the universe, without it we would all fall apart. the scientist are saying this will bring around a new understanding because it confirms there theories. Which is all kind of cool. especially for sci-fi geeks like myself.