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Physicists' team to tackle universe's origins

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Shown is an artist's rendition of a particle event inside the International Linear Collider. Some of the world's greatest minds have collided in Vancouver and launched a new team that will try to solve some of the universe's deepest secrets. The physicist
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Some of the world's greatest minds have collided in Vancouver and agreed to build a new US$7.78-billion particle collider that will help answer some of the universe's deepest secrets. The physicists had been until Thursday designing two separate particle colliders, known as linear colliders. The colliders were expected to hurl billions of electrons at positrons -- their anti-particles -- along kilometre-long superconducting cavities at nearly the speed of light. Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics said the results of those collisions would help scientists answer questions related to the Big Bang and the evolution of the universe. For more than two generations, scientists have been hunting for the Higgs particle, which many believe is a missing piece in the Standard Model of Particle Physics and will help shape human understanding of the universe's origins.

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