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What Is the Large Hadron Collider & Why Should We Care?

THURSDAY, April 16, 2009
What Is the Large Hadron Collider & Why Should We Care?

In the Large Hadron Collider two beams of subatomic particles collide at the speed of light, transforming some of their inner quarks or gluons into a new set of particles, recreating conditions similar to that following the Big Bang. Scientists hope that such conditions will uncover the origin of mass, the characteristics of dark matter and antimatter, as well as extra dimensions…or something like that. We should probably leave all the talk about the origin and composition of the universe to Frank Wilczek, the Nobel Prize winning physicist who will join us on Thursday.

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