I think people saw this coming, but it was fitting that Peter Higgs and François Englert received the prize. Their work relates to how subatomic particles acquire mass, and is a key piece of the standard model. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/higgs-field-prediction-lands-nobel-prize-physics I do have a question, for physics types out there, though. Articles reporting the prize say that the Higgs boson explains why a photon has no mass. I've wondered about that ever since being taught they are massless back in college. A photon has energy - I don't think anyone will dispute that. Given E=mc^2, how can a photon have energy but no mass?