|Why do objects have mass?
To help find out,
CERN has built the
Large Hadron Collider
(LHC), the most powerful
yet created by
Since 2008, the
LHC smashed protons into each other with unprecedented impact speeds.
The LHC is exploring the leading explanation that mass arises from
ordinary particles slogging through an otherwise invisible but pervasive
virtual Higgs particles.
Were high energy colliding particles to create real
Higgs bosons, the
for mass creation will be bolstered.
Last week, two LHC
groups reported on preliminary indications that the Higgs boson might exist around 120 GeV in mass.
Data from the LHC collisions is also being scanned for
micro black holes,
and explore the possibility that every type of
fundamental particle we know about has a nearly invisible
You can help -- the LHC@Home
project will allow anyone with a home computer to help
search archived LHC data for these strange beasts.
a person stands in front of the huge
one of six detectors attached to the
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