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Scientist Celebrate Large Hadron Collider

Scientists, in an underground laboratory near Geneva, successfully launched the world's largest particle accelerator on Wednesday, reported The New York Times
“It’s a fantastic moment,? said Lyn Evans, the director of the collider project since it began in 1994. "We can now look forward to a new era of understanding about the origins and evolution of the universe.?
Referred to as the Large Hadron Collider, the 17-mile long tunnel is capable of accelerating protons to an energy of seven trillion electron volts, recreating the environment one trillionth of a second after the Big Bang took place.
Scientists at the CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, hope the collider will lead to revolutionary discoveries in physics.
Among many other things, scientists await experiments involving the creation of Higgs boson, a theoretical particle physicists believe gives particles their mass, reported the Hartford Courant.
Not everybody is excited about the collider's revolutionary power, however. Many worry about its potential ability to create black holes and have dubbed it the "Doomsday Machine."
CERN scientists aver the collider's safety but admit they do not know what will happen once the collider is fully operational.
“That there are many theories means we don’t have a clue,? said Dr. Pier Oddone, director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois. “That’s what makes it so exciting.?