Europe Overtakes U.S. in Physics Pursuing God Particle
By Oliver Staley -
Jun 19, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
The nations of Europe, home to
Galileo and Newton, are poised to reclaim the lead in physics
from the U.S., as scientists around the world flock to Geneva in
search of the so-called God particle.
More than 10,000 scientists are working at the Large Hadron
Collider, a 27-kilometer (17-mile) circumference particle
accelerator buried beneath France and Switzerland, in search of
the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle believed to create mass
and hold together the universe. Discovery of the particle -- if
it exists -- may be announced this year.
The facility at CERN has become
the world’s premiere facility for cutting-edge r
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