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CERN is an acronym for the European Organization for Nuclear Research. They are a center for scientific research using several particle accelerators and detectors. The Most famous of these Insturments is the Large Hadron Collider or LHC. This insturment is the Largest Particle Accelerator on Earth. Its construction a few years back caused quite a stir. Several people, including various credible (or not so credible) news sources thought that the LHC being activated might end the world as we know it. In fact, people protested its activation all the way up to the day they started using it. Then we realized there was really nothing to fear. The LHC is currently being used to prove the existence of dark matter.

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CERN Offical Website

An Example of What people thought when the LHC first started

Some More info about CERN and the LHC

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