Friday, September 12, 2008

A New Era for Science

Several days ago, the LHC passed its first beam test with flying colors. It was truly a momentous day for science.

Researchers wait eagerly for the results of proton-proton (and later ion-ion) collisions, hoping to test the Standard Model (uniting electromagnetism with the weak interaction) and to explore the possible existence of supersymmetric companion particles and extra dimensions. Perhaps the secrets of the dark matter that makes up the bulk of the universe's mass will soon be unveiled. Exciting revelations surely lie ahead.

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