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Backing the Big Bang

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CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest centers for scientific research, is focused on providing new insight into the understanding of matter, fundamental forces, what the universe is made of, and how it works. Thousands of physicists, engineers, computer scientists, and many other scientists have gathered at CERN to build and carry out research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), incontestably the world’s largest and most complex scientific instrument ever built, to study the basic constituents of matter — fundamental particles and their interactions. And two groups of researchers at Wayne State University are playing a major role in this prestigious project to learn what happens when these particles collide, ultimately helping us to deepen our understanding of the laws of nature.