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Art, cancer & mysteries of the Universe: CERN’s new particle accelerator unveiled

A high-tech machine smashing particles together at close to the speed of light just got a serious firepower upgrade.
CERN’s newest accelerator, Linac 4, is 90 meters long and took 10 years to build at a cost of 93 million Swiss francs ($93 million).

 

“We are delighted to celebrate this remarkable accomplishment. Linac 4 is a modern injector and the first key element of our ambitious upgrade programme, leading up to the High-Luminosity LHC,” said CERN Director General Fabiola Gianotti in a press release.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a particle accelerator based in Switzerland that helps scientists and the rest of us understand the mysteries of the universe.

 

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