15.12.2009 -

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has re-started

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)


Our understanding of the Universe is about to change...

The world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has been repaired and re-started. Scientists expect to send beams of protons traveling in opposite directions inside the 27-kilometre (17-mile) circular tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC. Scientists will use the LHC to re-create the conditions just after the Big Bang by colliding the beams head-on at very high energy.

The scientists hope the fragments that come off the collisions will show on a tiny scale what happened micro seconds after the so-called Big Bang, which many scientists theorise was the massive explosion that formed the universe. The theory holds that the universe was rapidly cooling at that stage and matter was changing quickly.

CERN and UNESCO have had a long tradition of mutual collaboration and special links dating back to the creation of CERN in 1952. In renewing these close ties, these organizations are cooperating via UNESCO’s International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) in the projects “Training of Science Education Trainers from Developing Countries” and the “Establishment and Networking of Electronic Libraries and Repositories for African Universities and Scientific Institutes”.

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