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Bigger BANG

September 11, 2008

It is being touted as one of the biggest experiments to be conducted in particle physics!! Today a machine costing a staggering $7.75 billion was fired to recapture conditions that might have existed during the formation of universe, in short to emulate the BIG BANG THEORY. The stakes are high not only in terms of what this project aims to achieve but also in terms of numbers associated with this project. With approximately 2000 scientists from 155 institutes from 35 countries working, it is being taken place at CERN, Switzerland to which the invention of Internet is accredited.
The tests involve sending a near-light speed beam of subatomic particles around the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), a 16.7 mile-long ring-shaped tunnel situated on the France-Swiss border. In a few weeks, the scientists will use the LHC to crash particles together with such force that it’ll hopefully provide them with a glimpse into the origins of matter and shed light on the unanswered questions of physics. Experts hope to find answers to some of the biggest questions in physics such as why the universe looks the way it does and how to explain mass, gravity and mysterious ‘dark matter’.

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