Physics Beyond the Higgs Boson

The "God Particle" was just the beginning. The Large Hadron Collider and other accelerators are poised to answer questions about the very fabric of the cosmos.

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On the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland, some 300 feet underground, is the biggest, most complicated machine ever built. With about 1,200 giant superconducting magnets, multiple-ton detectors, a worldwide computing grid and a staff of thousands, the Large Hadron Collider is an international undertaking beyond the means of any single nation. The project’s mission: to see what happens when protons collide at 99.99999 percent of the speed of light in a 17-mile-long circular tunnel. The LHC st...
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