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A Supermagnetic Tunnel Full of Subatomic Action

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Last year, before the gigantic hadron supercollider at CERN research facility was installed underground, a photographer captured this picture of a 1,950 metric ton tunnel containing giant magnets that will be placed in a tunnel and kept at near-zero temperatures. These mega-magnets are the biggest in the world, and will force subatomic particles to smash into each other. Want to see another one of the mega-magnets?

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Holy crap. Seriously, I am in awe. This is the world's largest superconducting solenoid magnet. I want one for the outside of my apartment building. Photos by Martial Terzzini/AP.

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Josh Wimmer

@zerofritz: I think we're gonna be OK. This is pretty essential research if we want to make the next big breakthroughs in physics, and frankly, there are much less hypothetical drawbacks to other areas of science we ought to be a lot more concerned about (genetic research, digitization of information, antibacterial soap, etc., etc.).

@braak & NefariousNewt: Collider? I hardly even knew her!