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This Wednesday (10th August) BBC’s Horizon strand gets an exclusive look at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) large hadron collider. Inside CERN: a Horizon Special will provide an amazing resource for any Physics student, or for any teacher looking to inspire their class as to how exciting cutting-edge science is.
With exclusive behind-the-scenes access, Horizon follows the highs and lows of an extraordinary story in particle physics. In June 2015, teams at CERN started running the large hadron collider at the highest energy ever. Rumours quickly emerged that they were on the brink of a huge discovery. A mysterious bump in some data suggested a first glimpse of a brand new particle that could change our understanding of how the universe works.
A new particle could hint at extra dimensions and help us understand the very beginning of the universe – but first the team has to find it. Horizon follows the scientists as they hunt for the elusive signals that would prove if there is a new particle or if it is just noise from their machine.
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