atom smasher

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Recent Examples on the Web The world’s largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, threw together minuscule particles racing at unheard of speeds in conditions simulating those just after the Big Bang. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 30 Mar. 2020 In Geneva, the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom smasher, broke a world record for proton acceleration. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris for ending the Revolutionary War; the Treaty of Paris was signed in Sept. 1783.," 1 Dec. 2019 The agency funds atom smashers, surveys of the universe, and the sequencing of thousands of genomes. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Department of Energy plans major AI push to speed scientific discoveries," 30 Oct. 2019 Advances in technology eventually rendered Carnegie’s atom smasher obsolete. Washington Post, "Making history — and smashing atoms — in a leafy part of Chevy Chase, D.C.," 7 Sep. 2019 The bet, made in 2000 just as construction began on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — the world’s biggest atom smasher — forced several renowned physicists to put their money where their theories were. Quanta Magazine, "Supersymmetry Bet Settled With Cognac," 22 Aug. 2016 One of the core strengths of the Office of Science and the national lab complex is building and operating user facilities [such as x-ray synchrotrons, neutron sources, and atom smashers] for the broader community. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Undersecretary Paul Dabbar paints broad vision for Department of Energy science," 13 June 2018 The Large Hadron Collider fired up, leading to the speculation that the world’s biggest atom smasher could create a black hole that would swallow Earth. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Rapture prediction for April 23 just latest of kooky doomsday calls," 23 Apr. 2018 The Stanford Linear Accelerator was one of the world’s largest atom smashers. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Richard Taylor, Nobel-winning physicist who helped discover quarks, dies at 88," 24 Feb. 2018

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“Atom smasher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atom%20smasher. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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