Scientists Collide Lead Ions In Big Bang Machine

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Geneva, Switzerland -- Scientists at the world's largest atom smasher say they have succeeded in recreating conditions shortly after the Big Bang by switching the particles used for collisions from protons to much heavier lead ions.

A spokeswoman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, says the Large Hadron Collider recorded its first lead ion collisions Sunday.

Barbara Warmbein says researchers are trying to detect a thick soup of matter called "quark-gluon plasma" in the hope of gaining a deeper insight into how the universe began.

Warmbein said Monday that it will likely be months, if not years, before scientists make significant new discoveries.













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