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A cosmic-ray impact

When Earth’s atmosphere encounters a subatomic particle packing 100,000 times more energy than the Large Hadron Collider can deliver, the fireworks can be impressive.
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Cosmic-ray-impact
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) achieves energies higher than humans have ever reached in the laboratory. The LHC can accelerate a beam of protons to 7 trillion electron volts (7 TeV). In 2012, CERN scientists announced their probable discovery of the Higgs boson — the final piece in physicists’ standard model that describes all ordinary matter and the forces acting on it — among the debris created when they collided two such powerful beams.

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