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On God, time travel, and why things cost so much

By Anjana Ahuja   December 2009

Some lucky person might finally get to flick the switch on the Large Hadron Collider in December.The LHC, an underground atom-smasher at the Cern research centre in Geneva, was built to search for the as-yet undetected Higgs boson, aka the God particle, upon which current theories of the universe’s inception are pegged. (There was a hugely publicised switch-on in September 2008, swiftly followed by an embarrassing switch-off due to a technical problem.) But don’t believe all the guff out there about the God particle travelling back in time to sabotage the LHC like an evil youth tripping back decades to…

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