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The European Organization for Nuclear Research (French: Organisation Européene pour la Recherche Nucléaire), known as CERN (/ˈsɜrn/; French pronunciation: ​[sɛʁn]; derived from "Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire"; see History) is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. read more at WikiPedia

  • The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 kilometer (17 mile) long particle accelerator straddling the border of Switzerland
    and France, is nearly set to begin its first particle beam tests. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
    is preparing for its first small tests in early August, leading to a planned full-track test in September - and the first
    planned particle collisions before the end of the year. The final step before starting is the chilling of the entire
    collider to -271.25 C (-456.25 F). Here is a collection of photographs from CERN, showing various stages of completion
    of the LHC and several of its larger experiments (some over seven stories tall), over the past several years. (
    27 photos total)

    from http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/08/the_large_hadron_collider.html