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Can you explain the Higgs boson in a tweet?

We challenged readers to explain the Higgs boson in just 140 characters. Can you top these? Send yours to @TelegraphNews and we'll add the best ones.


  1. Others have gone for slightly more, er, creative explanations
  2. And some of you seem thoroughly fed up with the whole thing
  3. Tom Chivers, our science blogger, doesn't think a 140 character explanation is possible but offers his own 1,487-character version:
  4. We allowed Professor John Womersley of the Science and Technology Facilities Council slightly more than 140 characters to give us his take on why the Higgs boson matters
  5. Why Higgs boson discovery matters
  6. And if you're still confused, science editor Nick Collins has a helpful Q and A here