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CERN eyes newer, more powerful giant particle collider

Published on Feb 7, 2014 6:36 AM
 
A worker riding a bicycle in the tunnel of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) Large Hadron Collider (LHC), during maintenance work in Meyrin, near Geneva on July 19, 2013. Europe's physics lab CERN said Thursday it was eyeing plans for a circular particle collider that would be seven times more powerful than the facility which discovered the famous "God particle." -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (AFP) - Europe's physics lab CERN said Thursday it was eyeing plans for a circular particle collider that would be seven times more powerful than the facility which discovered the famous "God particle."

"The time has come to look even further ahead," the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced.

In 2012, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - a giant lab housed in a 27-kilometre tunnel straddling the French-Swiss border - identified what is believed to be the Higgs boson, the long-sought maker of mass theorised in the 1960s.

The facility flushed out the so-called God particle by crashing proton beams at velocities near the speed of light. It went offline a year ago for an 18-month overhaul.

 
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