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Te World's Greatest Experiment

Buried deep underground is a large tunnel linking Switzerland to France, which allows for super fast travel between the two countries. At fist it sounds a bit like the Eurostar, but this transportation device is not designed for human passengers. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is a high speed railway for microscopic particles, and travels at almost the speed of light.

It took ten years (1998-2008) to build the particle accelerator, which has been dubbed the greatest experiment in the world. Designed to discover where the theoretical Higgs boson particle really exists, it was also a way to test out and make advances in particle physics.

After completion, it ran for nine days until a leak of helium gas caused an explosion, and sent it out of commission for over a year. The Large Hadron Collider began working again in November 2012, when they achieved their goal and proved the existence of Higgs boson. Scientists also made another discovery: neutrinos travel faster than the speed of light.

Or so they thought. Repeat experiments showed this to be incorrect, but it caused quite a a lot of talk for several days. The Large Hadron Collider is currently undergoing upgrades, and will not be up and running again before 2015.

But while we wait, the Science Museum in London is inviting you to step inside the greatest experiment on earth, where you can take a journey through space and time.

Up until the 6th May 2014, the immersive Collider exhibition will show you exactly how the real thing works, through theatre, video, sound, and artefacts. Tickets are 10 or 7 concessions, and while at the museum, you will learn about the discover of Higgs boson, explore the twenty-seven kilometre collider's cathedral-sized detector caverns, and meet the engineers who helped create it.
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When: Until 6th May
Phone: 0870 870 4868
Where: Science Museum
Cost: 10, 7 concessions
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