Things Not Yet Seen

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Applause and cheers broke out across Cern, the European Nuclear Research Organisation near Geneva, at 12.06pm BST, the moment when subatomic particles travelling at close to the speed of light were slammed together in the machine, creating the highest energy particle collisions a laboratory has ever achieved. “It’s a great day to be a particle physicist,” Cern’s director general, Rolf Heuer, said. “A lot of people have waited a long time for this moment, but their patience and dedication is starting to pay dividends.” The collisions create tiny fireballs that mimic conditions that prevailed in the universe during the first fractions of a second after the big bang, some 13.7bn years ago.  (from The Guardian)

The search for unseen particles has reached a new and exciting level. The collision described above used only half the energy achievable by the Large Hadron Collider. It was feared that colliding particles using the full capacity of 14 trillion electron volts might create a black hole and destroy the Universe! It is hoped that these high energy particle collisions will lead to the discovery of theorized but not yet seen particles and particles that have yet to be dreamt of in our philosophy!


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