The Large Hadron Collider returns in the pursuit of new physics

Ready, stable, go: The race to discover new physics returns today as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is re-ignited, firing heavy ion particles at each other at 99.99% the speed of light to create a state of primordial matter to create that has not been seen since just after the Big Bang.

The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s longest and most powerful particle accelerator, firing beams of subatomic particles around a 17-mile (27-kilometer) loop underground near Geneva, on the French-Swiss border. Since the LHC originally came online in 2010, its experiments have yielded 3,000 scientific papers, detailing a range of findings, including the most famous: the discovery of the Higgs boson

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