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The dis­cov­ery that took half a life­time to con­firm has been recog­nised with the No­bel Prize. Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity-based Pro­fes­sor Peter Higgs’s find, known as the Higgs bo­son par­ti­cle, was con­firmed last year, nearly five decades af­ter he first un­veiled his find­ings. Pro­fes­sor Higgs shares the £775,000 No­bel Prize in Physics with Fran­cois En­glert, of Bel­gium, for their work dis­cov­er­ing the build­ing block of na­ture. The dis­cov­ery pre­dicted a par­ti­cle, the Higgs bo­son, and this was found by a team from the Euro­pean nu­clear re­search fa­cil­ity. 10 YEARS AGO

Ma­jor Bri­tish banks said they would pass on to bor­row­ers the full ben­e­fits of the Bank of Eng­land’s cut of half a per­cent­age point in in­ter­est rates. Royal Bank of Scot­land, Hal­i­fax

Bank of Scot­land, Natwest, Bar­clays and Lloyds TSB all im­me­di­ately said they would pass on the cut to home­own­ers. HBOS and Lloyds

TSB said they will re­duce stan­dard vari­able rates on mort­gage prod­ucts to 6.50 per cent from Novem­ber 1. Abbey, HSBC and Al­liance and Le­ices­ter said their mort­gage rates were un­der re­view af­ter the Bank’s half point cut to 4.5 per cent. 25 YEARS AGO

The sig­na­ture on proxy votes held by Celtic rebel leader Fer­gus Mccann was last night branded a forgery. At the start of the club’s an­nual meet­ing, a Celtic solic­i­tor an­nounced that an in­terim in­ter­dict had been granted at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court bar­ring Mr Mccann and Mr Matthew Mc­glone from speak­ing or vot­ing on be­half of a share­holder at the cru­cial meet­ing. It was one more dra­matic mo­ment in 48 hours of up­set for the club. Joe Jor­dan had ear­lier fol­lowed his man­ager Liam Brady out of the Park­head door “as a mat­ter of prin­ci­ple”.

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