"God Particle" Collider Rebooting to Be Most Powerful Yet
Stakes are high for the Large Hadron Collider's next run, experts say.
The world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator, credited with discovering the so-called God particle in 2012, is getting rebooted for what scientists say could be a big second act.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will double its power by running on the highest energy level ever reached by a particle accelerator, scientists announced Monday.
The Large Hadron Collider is best known for detecting the Higgs boson in 2012. Nicknamed the God particle, the subatomic Higgs helps explain why much of the mass in the universe exists. The discovery garnered a 2013 Nobel prize for the theorists who first predicted the existence of the Higgs in the 1960s. (See Large Hadron Collider pictures.)
Housed in an oval-shaped, 17-mile-long (27 kilometer)