Take a moment to thank this little particle for all the work it does, because without it, you'd be just inchoate energy without so much as a bit of mass. What's more, the same would be true for the entire universe. It was in the 1960s that Scottish physicist Peter Higgs first posited the existence of a particle that causes energy to make the jump to matter. But it was not until last summer that a team of researchers at Europe's Large Hadron Collider Rolf Heuer, Joseph Incandela and Fabiola Gianotti at last sealed the deal and in so doing finally fully confirmed Einstein's general theory of relativity. The Higgs as particles do immediately decayed to more-fundamental particles, but the scientists would surely be happy to collect any honors or awards in its stead.