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What is the world's largest scientific experiment?
After 30 years since it's conception the Large Hadron
Collider (LHC) at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN),
underneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland was fired up on
September 10, 2008, accelerating protons to .999 the speed of light.
The cost of th LHC is reported to be £4.5 billion
or $7.9 billion USD making it, not only the largest scientific experiment but
also the most expensive scientific experiment as well.
The LHC accelerator has a circumference of 26.659
kilometers at a depth ranging from 50 to 175 metres underground. The tunnel is
3.8 meters in diameter.
The ultimate goal of the the Large Hadron Collider
is to collide protons at near the speed of light to get an insight into the
first billionths of a second after the big bang. The collisions will produce
heat 100,000 times hotter than the center of our sun, but luckily it will be
brief and limited to a very tiny space. One hope is that the collisions will
produce the Higgs boson, also known as the God particle. Other possibilities are
the discovery of different dimensions, different universes or a black hole that
will swallow the Earth.
The actual collisions of protons is scheduled for
October 21, 2008, but just in case you're in that doomsday mood here is a site
that lists some previous failed doomsday predictions:
The Large Hadron Collider
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