It’s certainly Large!

CERN‘s Large Hadron Collidor – pictured here – will begin in May to smash protons together in an effort to find out what gives matter its mass.

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The leading theory explaining the origin of mass revolves around a mechanism whereby the presence of virtual particles called Higgs bosons generate a field through which matter moves, acquiring mass as a kind of ‘drag’.

The aim of the LHC is to reveal direct evidence of the Higgs bosons, thereby improving our understanding of the mechanism of mass creation.

And they need an apparatus the size of a large building to do it!

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