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The hunt for the Higgs boson, that most elusive particle of physics, the one that gives things mass, came closer to an end on July 4. Experiments at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, revealed evidence of the particle and its energy field. But the LHC didn’t do it alone. The search has been a massive, costly and unprecedented international effort that began thousands of miles away, at another atom smasher beneath the Illinois prairie.