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|Scientists at CERN have smashed together various particles for the first time, moving closer to learning what was in the super-hot plasma wonderland that formed right after the primeval Big Bang, the European physics research center said on Thursday... The function of ALICE -- an acronym for A Large Ion Collider Experiment -- is to probe what happens to matter when it is heated to 250,000 times the temperature at the center of the sun -- as in the 'quark-gluon plasma' at the birth of the cosmos. But a fraction of the billions of those explosions produce particle tracks like those that came in the wake of the Big Bang -- after the plasma cooled -- which can be analyzed by other CERN experiments for any hint of the 'New Physics' phenomena.|
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