Much like quarks that cannot exist outside the nucleolus of an atom and will never be proven. The Higgs Boson will never be proven other then as a high order energy decay state. The glaring issue with the Higgs and the validity of it is its mass. 130 times as heavy as a proton, yet it gives mass to the protons and to the electrons through some magic field...sure it does. It also gives mass to electrons that are not even part of an atom...sure it does.
I was hoping maybe they would have moved on by now, but I guess they need to beat the horse to death since the collider cost so much to build. I cannot wait until they give up trying to prove the standard model and look into some more promising theories like mine, which includes gravity and a bunch of the other stuff. How many electrons and positrons do they need to record to understand that atoms are made out of them? They have no problems measuring large quantities of them after every collision.
The only thing that holds an atom together is a structure knot and is a modification on string theory. One of my favorite games as a kid was taking pop-cicle sticks, making stars out of several sticks, and they throwing them at my friends (war). The stars were not held together with any glue just being staggered and bent slightly, flying window frames were another design that worked and held up to being thrown. They were so stable that sometimes they could hit a wall and not come apart. Also had the challenge of trying to make them in the heat of battle, save one in case of a charge.
Gravity and mass are nothing more then displacement, or surface to volume ratio. Small incompressible objects like electrons, protons, and single atoms are very efficient at making gravity. Even though two atoms would have a greater sum total versus a single atom, the efficiency would be lower for the two percentage wise. If we took two single atoms and added them separately then that total would be greater then the two combined. They would be sharing a side and the total surface area is reduced versus the two by themselves.