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Give it Up for the Large Hadron Collider!

Posted by grizzlymedia on September 10, 2008

It’s a big day in science news as the Large Hadron Collider fired a beam of protons inside a circular 17-mile-long tunnel underneath villages and cow pastures along the French-Swiss border, paving the way toward the recreation of post big bang conditions. The experiment went off without a hitch as physicists and engineers inside a control room cautiously shot the beam down part of the tunnel, stopping it before it went all the way around. One hour later, the beam completed its way successfully around the tunnel to raucous applause. The collider had first been proposed over twenty years ago and the beam had been in construction for ten years. The findings could help resolve some of the biggest mysteries of the universe, including the existence of the “God particle” which is thought to give all other particles their mass. You can read a great article about the Large Hadron Collider in National Geographic or if you don’t wait too long, Google has an entire search devoted to it online today.

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