col·lid·er | \ kə-ˈlī-dər \

Definition of collider 

: a particle accelerator in which two beams of particles moving in opposite directions are made to collide

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But literally quadrillions of proton collisions in the collider later, nothing new has emerged. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Find More Evidence for the Higgs Boson," 10 July 2018 Particle colliders and 300-year-old lab equipment revealed the better angels of our humanity. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Colliders, Sundials and Wonder: When Science Is Your Destination," 28 May 2018 The discovery by IceCube, built at a cost of almost $280 million (a fraction of the $10 billion collider), was especially sweet for Halzen, 74. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blazing a trail: UW professor's dream leads to breakthrough in identifying origin of cosmic rays," 12 July 2018 Other teams, working within the limits of conventional-but-as-yet-unproven theory, have similarly economical, collider-eschewing ideas. The Economist, "Particle physicsFundamental physics is frustrating physicists," 13 Jan. 2018 Conveying this message to the public is important to rectify misconceptions about, say, whether taxpayers’ money should be spent to build more-powerful colliders if these machines don’t actually discover a new particle. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Questioning Truth, Reality, and the Role of Scientific Progress," 2 June 2018 Just think of biology before and after the microscope or gene sequencing, or of astronomy before and after the telescope, or of particle physics before and after colliders or fast electronics. Marcelo Gleiser, Scientific American, "How Much Can We Know?," 8 May 2018 So far, though, the small-is-beautiful approach has been no more successful than the big colliders in coming up with new phenomena. The Economist, "Particle physicsFundamental physics is frustrating physicists," 13 Jan. 2018 Since 2008, the Large Hadron Collider has fixated conspiracy theorists with fears that the particle collider would spawn a world-ending black hole. National Geographic, "No, the World Will Not End on April 23," 13 Apr. 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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