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On a visit to Cern, I found optimism over the reopening of the Large Hadron Collider and a surprising alliance with novelist Dan Brown

By Philip Ball   July 2009

Can the tevatron steal the LHC’s thunder? Recently, I went on a visit to Cern (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, site of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC, whose much heralded opening last September ended in tears just nine days later, is due back in action this September. The LHC could transform scientists’ understanding of the particles and forces from which the universe is made. Two beams of subatomic particles will be forced to collide at very high speed inside the circular accelerator, creating conditions similar to those just after the big bang.

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