atom smasher

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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 Eighty-three years after the cyclotron was first patented, science is taking a fresh look at the atom smasher as a potential producer of the radioactive isotope that helps doctors diagnose millions of patients across the world every year. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Old Particle Accelerator Tech Might Be Just What the Doctor Ordered," 20 Feb. 2017

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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