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Could CERN do irreversible damage to the universe as we know it?

POLITICS - Mikey Johson Article

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Today CERN is up and running at double to speed. What will they end up finding or what will they end up destroying? Will it be the world as we know it?

It’s 10 years to the day since evidence of the Higgs boson – the elusive particle associated with an invisible mass-giving field – was announced. But for Prof Daniela Bortoletto the memories are as fresh as ever.

“I just remember joy. I remember that everybody was so happy. And what surprised me [was] how everybody was interested, it seemed like the whole world was celebrating us,” she said.

Now, as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the monster proton smasher at the European particle laboratory, Cern – gears up to start its third period of data collection on Tuesday, experts are hoping to unpick further secrets of the fundamental building blocks of the universe.

“Since the discovery of the Higgs boson, the field of dark matter has changed completely,” Gian Guidice, who leads the theoretical division at CERN, told a press conference at the end of June.