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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Scientists will re-enact the Big Bang theory today!

Today the world will witness the most powerful physics experiment to ever be performed!

Scientists will begin an experiment to re-enact the Big Bang theory today. This monster of an experiment is slated to start today around 12:30 PM IST when the first beams of protons will be fired around a 27-kilometer tunnel!! The beams will also be fired in the opposite direction in about a month's time frame.

The main feature of the experiment is that the beams traveling in opposite directions will collide each other at enormous speeds. Already many critics across the world fear that this collision, could create "black holes" that would endanger the mankind and the planet forever!

The scientists will be attempting to circulate a beam of particles around the 27kilo-metre long underground tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The beam will be composed of millions of individual pieces. As for the collider, it uses more than 9,000 magnets to accelerate two beams of protons to almost the speed of light. When the beams collide with each other, they will shatter into their constituent parts, allowing scientists to glimpse particles that don't exist in normal conditions - it like travelling back in time.

The CERN collider is designed to push the proton beam at almost the speed of light, whizzing 11,000 times a second around the 27 km long tunnel, 150 to 500 feet under the countryside of the French-Swiss border. This project has attracted researchers and scientists of 80 nationalities, some 1,200 of them from the United States, which contributed a whooping $531 million to the project's price tag of nearly USD 4 billion US dollars.

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