Wednesday, 10 September 2008

CERN Fires up New Atom Smasher to near Big Bang

It has been called an Alice in Wonderland investigation into the makeup of the universe — or dangerous tampering with nature that could spell doomsday.

Whatever the case, the most powerful atom-smasher ever built comes online Wednesday, eagerly anticipated by scientists worldwide who have awaited this moment for two decades.

The multibillion-dollar Large Hadron Collider will explore the tiniest particles and come ever closer to re-enacting the big bang, the theory that a colossal explosion created the universe.

The machine at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, promises scientists a closer look at the makeup of matter, filling in gaps in knowledge or possibly reshaping theories.

http://news.aol.com/article/cern-fires-up-new-atom-smasher-to-near/163693?cid=12

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 10th, 2008.]

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