The Large Hadron Collider/ATLAS at CERN

The Large Hadron Collider/ATLAS at CERN
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When activated, it is hoped that the collider will produce the elusive Higgs boson — often dubbed the God Particle — the observation of which could confirm the predictions and ‘missing links’ in the Standard Model of physics, and explain how other elementary particles acquire properties such as mass. The verification of the existence of the Higgs boson would be a significant step in the search for a Grand Unified Theory which seeks to unify three of the four fundamental forces: electromagnetism, the strong force, and the weak force. The Higgs boson may also help to explain why the remaining force, gravitation, is so weak compared to the other three forces.

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Is Two Million Gigabytes of Data Enough to Uncover the Mystery of the Big Bang?

Here’s a little clip about the Grid Computing facility that nabs and stores the data from the CERN Hadron Collider project.  Having forgotten 99% of my college physics math I still do not understand why it takes such massive power to analyze data from particles so small that, if they were dollars, you could pay off the US national debt with a grain of sand worth of them.