Collider to peer at dark matter
Geneva - Operators of the world's largest atom smasher hope to provide first discoveries about the elusive nature of dark matter later this year.
The director of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or Cern, said the Large Hadron Collider will be ramped up to half-power this month. That will still be three times more energy than the world record Cern set in 2009.
Rolf-Dieter Heuer said the collider will then be able to penetrate the makeup of the atom much better than it its nearest competitor at Fermilab outside Chicago.
Heuer said on Monday the discoveries could reach this year into dark matter, representing 25% of the universe. Standard physics only deals with the 5% of the universe comprised by visible matter.