Max Liboiron: Dumpster Diving at the World’s Largest Particle Accelerator

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Max Liboiron wrote about her experience art GOSH! 2016: Dumpster Diving at the World’s Largest Particle Accelerator over at her blog, Discard Studies.

“The sign beside the dumpster warns us that we are in a radiation zone, but someone in our group has made a Geiger counter. It says levels are safe. And there’s nothing I want from that particular dumpster anyhow. We move on.

We’re at CERN, Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, or the European Council for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. It houses the Large Hadron Collider, the largest particle accelerator in the world. It’s 17 kilometers long and is housed underground. The various particle accelerators and colliders at CERN help scientists study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles- by making them go close to the speed of light, then colliding them. Exciting stuff.”




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