CERN scientists will be smashing particles this week to see if they can reproduce the circumstances of the Big Bang:

A key aim of the CERN experiment is to find the "Higgs boson," named after Scottish physicist Peter Higgs who in 1964 pointed to such a particle as the force that gave mass to matter and made the universe possible.

Once it starts up on Wednesday, scientists plan to smash particle beams together at close to the speed of light inside CERN's tightly-sealed Large Hadron Collider to create multiple mini-versions of the primeval Big Bang.

Unfortunately, all Reuters is interested in is whether this will destroy our universe:

Scientists involved in a historic "Big Bang" experiment to begin this week hope it will turn up many surprises about the universe and its origins -- but reject suggestions it will bring the end of the world.


Scientists hope for surprises in Big Bang experiment | U.S. | Reuters


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