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August 8, 2012

Posted by oscott6 in Travel Log.

Owen Scott

Our whole BEST Lyon Group got to go down into the Large Hadron Collider at CERN! They clean one eighth of it at a time, and here I am right in front of it. Of course, they do not keep it open to the air during cleaning, but I trust the picture behind me to be accurate.

For those who have not heard of CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, or, in English, European Organization for Nuclear Research) or the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), they are basically used to study the particles that make up our world and their interactions. The LHC uses electricity to slowly add energy to beams of atoms. It uses magnets to guide these particle streams around a giant circle, the LHC. By providing enough little bumps of energy, these particles accelerate to extreme speeds. Colliding particle streams going opposite directions creates conditions of such…

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