The Large Hadron Collider is back – faster, stronger and more misspelled than ever. The most powerful particle accelerator in the world has been officially switched back on in preparation for this summer, when it is due to continue smashing together the building blocks of the universe to see what comes out.
CERN is not just a world centre for scientific excellence (with an amazing variety of extracurricular clubs), but has long attracted the curiosity and talents of artists, designers and musicians. Within CERN’s Swiss campus, visitors could come across the ‘Globe of Science and Innovation’ exhibition space or Josef Kristofoletti’s vivid mural decorating the ATLUS detector. Elsewhere, Tim Exile prompted a TED stage-invasion during his live music set incorporating samples of LHC equipment. Earlier this year we reported on Collider by Funktronic Labs, an interactive journey through the particle accelerator using an Oculus Rift and Leap Motion. The Science Museum’s ‘Collider’ exhibition was so successful it is now on international tour.
The LHC ended its first ‘season’ (fun fact: CERN refers to the LHC’s periods of activity as seasons) with a triumphant final episode, finding the long-theorised Higgs boson particle and not, as the Daily Mail reported, destroying planet Earth. This season, the plot thickens as scientists attempt to unravel an altogether darker mystery: dark matter.
And since you asked – yes, of course the LHC is on Street View.
This list originally appeared in Moving World Wednesday 20150408
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