Welcome back, Large Hadron Collider

Written for the University of Michigan’s One Cool Thing mobile app (07/02/15)

Your subatomic vacation is over

After two years of upgrades, the folks at CERN Control Center have brought the Large Hadron Collider, or the world’s largest particle accelerator, back online. As reported by Gizmodo, the LHC is up and running (as of June 3, 2015) and now smashing subatomic particles together at twice its former capability (that’s approximately a billion pairs of protons per second, in case you were wondering). The LHC’s mission is one of exploration. With its new abilities, researchers may be able to find the answers to questions surrounding dark matter, particle physics, even the most imperceptible foundations of the universe. As physics models expand and change, we may find ourselves face to face with a new and reality-altering theory of everything.