Scientists excited by Big Bang machine experiments

Projects such as the effort to re-create the big bang are falling victim to larger forces: the need to pay the bills.
The Associated Press
Wednesday, September 22, 2010; 11:19 AM

GENEVA -- Scientists say the Large Hadron Collider may be on the verge of its first scientific breakthroughs.

They say the $10 billion atom smasher under the Swiss-French border appears to have recreated at a small level the matter that existed in the first moments of the universe.

A scientific paper published this week by the European Organization for Nuclear Research describes how high-energy proton collisions produced unusual readings that could replicate the "hot dense matter" that would have existed microseconds after the Big Bang

Raju Venugopalan, a senior scientist at the U.S. Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, said Wednesday that physicists "are very excited" by the European lab's results.

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