The Large Hadron Collider is operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern), based in Geneva. The LHC is a giant accelerator machine housed in a 27km-long (17 miles) tunnel under the French-Swiss border. Two beams of proton particles are fired around the giant subterranean "ring" and smashed together at crossing points located around the tunnel. Giant experiments are located at these crossing points to look for new particles in the sub-atomic wreckage of the collisions.
(BBC News - 23 July 2010)
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