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Cern may extend Big Bang research

2010-12-03 18:04

Geneva - New data on the origins of the universe is pouring in so quickly that physicists may extend the current opening phase of their Big Bang project to the end of 2012, directors of the CERN research centre said.

An extension, to be decided in late January, could lead to an early discovery of the elusive Higgs boson believed to have turned an amorphous mass of particles into solid matter at the birth of the cosmos.

"There is a big window for new discoveries opening up and we want to ensure the momentum of these past few months is maintained," said Cern director general Rolf Heuer, who overseas the centre's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments.

"We have confirmed this year all that we thought we knew about the physical universe, and now we are moving into new territory," his deputy, research director Sergio Bertolucci, added. "We are looking towards the known unknowns and also things we may not even have thought about."

Heuer and Bertolucci spoke as Cern engineers began to close down the giant, subterranean LHC and its huge detector magnets - which smash particles together at all but the speed of light and make up the world's biggest scientific project - until next February for winter fine-tuning.

Comments
  • Hannah - 2010-12-04 07:42

    Fantastic keep up the good work and lets move toward a more intelligent future together, perhaps we can start to repair our earth through science in nature.

      Adenaan - 2010-12-21 08:36

      The quraan that was revealed more than 1400 years ago explains the Big Bang theory in detail as revealed by God to Mohammed. It even explains how God caused all the planets to "swim" in there own orbits. Read the Quraan, this is nothing new in Islam. The quraan even explains in detail how a foetus develops from the sperm through to the full grown child. Science is only now confirming in the last 100 years what was already written and known.

  • andrew.barlow5 - 2010-12-04 09:16

    These guys are fumbling around in the dark; playing cowboys and Indians with a few ideas which they have. I would like them to answer the basic questions first: Where did the 'gas' which is supposed to have been compressed and then to have caused the 'big bang' come from? Having regard to the immensity of the universe and the negligible knowledge which earthlings have of it, on what grounds can it be alleged that there was just one hell of a big bang?

      Derrick - 2010-12-06 10:15

      Well Andrew, lets put you back 250 years and see how well you do at discovering things that we take for granted in our day and age. I bet you also would've thought the sun goes round the earth like they did back in the day. Always easy to break something down then help them out isn't it?

      scipio - 2010-12-06 10:55

      Derrick I think you completely misunderstood Old Andrew here. What he stated is a completely valid argument. There is no evidence concerning the Big Bang theory. Only Speculation and guessing. I doubt there will ever be any evidence regarding this. It's very informative to read what the scientists think of this happening but you have to keep an open mind doing so. Hannah at the top seems like a Prime example of some one who doesn't keep an open mind regarding science behind theory, which in fact means : A lot of theory's, no evidence.

      scipio - 2010-12-06 10:57

      It's fine listening and reading all these interesting "findings" but taking it to heart because it seems "Cool" is a bit foolish.

  • Fanie - 2011-02-28 11:58

    I cannot believe the universe started with a Big Bang, It does not add up logically, It can’t. My hope is that CERN disprove the Big Bang Theory.

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