Inspiring experiment

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will smash particles together at almost the speed of light. It is one of science's most awe-inspiring experiments - not just because it aims to answer fundamental questions about the universe, but because of the massive scale of the project.

'It's the biggest particle experiment ever attempted, and really pushes our understanding of science to its limits,' says Brian Cox, an expert on the LHC.
 
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The red line shows where the LHC is buried, 100 metres beneath the quiet countryside of France and Switzerland.
The red line shows where the LHC is buried, 100 metres beneath the quiet countryside of France and Switzerland.
Image: CERN
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