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A Wednesday. Will the world survive it?

September 8, 2008
It is one of the biggest and most controversial experiments to be carried out in recent times. On September 10, a machine costing a staggering $7.75 billion (Rs 31,000 crore) will be fired up to recapture conditions not seen since the birth of the universe almost 14 billion years ago.

The machine, located at CERN, a Geneva-based nuclear research lab, will carry on the experiment inside a 27-km tunnel deep beneath the French-Swiss border.

Image: A woman passes behind layers of the world's largest superconducting solenoid magnet, one of the experiments preparing to take data at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)'s Large Hadron Collider particule accelerator.
Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images


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