By Emilio Castellanos
The God machine was turned on today after 14 years of building when a beam of protons was circulated one way through the 17 mile ring that makes up the Large Hedron Collider (LHC). The most anticipated scientific event of our lifetimes aims to uncover what holds us together.
Following is the third part of a series by Alan Boyle correspondent in Geneva for MSNBC who has been covering the unprecedented event. You can visit http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26439957/ to learn more.
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After 14 years of preparation, a new scientific wonder of the world opened for business Wednesday with the official startup of Europe's Large Hadron Collider.
The $10 billion particle accelerator is the biggest, most expensive science machine on earth, designed to probe mysteries ranging from dark matter and missing antimatter to the existence of extra, unseen dimensions in space.
(Google's cover on launch day!)
Scientists, journalists and dignitaries watched from the control room at Europe's CERN particle-physics center on the French-Swiss border, near Geneva, as beams of protons were sent all the way around the collider's 17-mile (27-kilometer) underground ring of supercooled pipes for the first time.
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