November 8th, 2010
10:26 PM ET

Collision puts scientists closer to grasping universe's origins

Scientists say they are a step closer to recreating the conditions at the birth of the universe and to understanding life as we know it, after the successful collision of heavy lead ions in a massive machine in Europe.

This week, for the first time, ions were smashed together inside the Large Hadron Collider along the French and Swiss border. Until now, only protons had been collided in the experiment.

The tiny particles' lightning-fast collision promised to produce temperatures up to 100,000 times hotter than the sun, said Michael Tuts, a professor in experimental high-energy physics at New York's Columbia University and one of hundreds of scientists involved in the project.

"What we're doing is reproducing the conditions that existed at the very early universe, a few millionths of a second after the Big Bang," said Tuts, referencing the cosmic explosion that many scientists believe spawned the universe from one minuscule particle.

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  1. phil

    @Scottish Mama...you misread my post. I said that TRUE believers knew that "The earth is a sphere hanging upon nothing" long before science discovered it.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Who are the TRUE Believers?

      November 9, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    @Mano...Science isn't out to prove God exists. They theorize that life came about by accident, and then set about trying to prove it. Isn't this obvious to everyone?

    November 9, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • brian

      wel they seem to be doing a pretty good job.
      they are using the same science that has helped our world in health aspects, and technological.. so they must be doing something right, they can say something and do research and have proof to back their thoughts. What is your opinion? Accept a 2000 year old book, when something begins to question god, create some elephant story. Or just completely deny everything because you are so scared to accept anything that isnt about a talking snake, a boat that gets 2 of every animal, a girl made out of 1 rib, or some floating guy in space saying "let there be light" and it happens.

      science will one day fully disprove all your "beliefs" as the fictional tales they truly are

      November 9, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • israel

      brian you're a freaking fool and phil you're a plain idiot

      the bible stories are not meant to be taken literally, each story has a message that teaches us about the meaning of living a good life, don't steal, don't harm others, be kind, be generous.....that's what the bible teaches....anyone who takes these stories literally or believes that they actually happened (jonah got swallowed by a whale but lived for days in it's belly) is just plain dumb and anyone who believe that science will disprove any of these stories is just as dumb as the person who believes they actually happened

      you idiots just don't get it

      November 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ace

    I aint no monkey n my ancestors didnt evolve frm one either i didnt come from fish or nun like dat so how did we get here is it that a good ? What about what could be big enough to make one great big or probly small sphere or square or triangle object explode to make the universe or universes in outer space what can have so much power hmmmm i wounder???? Did they already find out whats the G factor is or did they give up on that cuz god starts with g hmmmm maby they already found out god is the reason for all we r n what everthing around us is and they want to get all the other possiblitys on the table because they dnt like to b wrong they are suppose to b really smart right then why i ask try to simulate the thing that created everthing for isnt that alot of energy and alot of no no can there machine stop something bad from happening idk maby a black hole hmmm idk but i do no what will happen if they create one bye bye everybody no last words jus boom ur gone after ur body breaks up n to little pieces 😦

    November 9, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ace

    Now thats a kool way to go in millions billions trillions of little pieces i wounder tho would it hurt or jus be instint why dnt we ask science they should no right?? Or yet what if they dnt make a black hole and they make a simulation a sucessful simulation of the big bang would we blow up to or is that machine strong enought to hold all that power and if it is the why cant u make that machine into some kind of engine for a ship i think thats light speed right there already reached or at least almost light speed buh hey forget discovering stuff in space when we can make it here on earth man scientist are smart how bout next experiment we simulate on how hot they sun is matter of fact lets make a small sun here on earth hold on no no thats crazy lets make a big sun just like are own no no no no that even more crazy hmmmmmm ok then lets make a bigger sun then our own and then make it blow up a super nova or red dwarf or white dwarf ya that should be amazing and interesting buh what if we discover what made the

    November 9, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ace

    I jus dnt wanna be like that movie the fog

    November 9, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • israel

      dude lay off the pipe for a minute

      November 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. slavedriver

    My invisible friend made me. Take the money wasted on these projects and use it to feed the hungry or is that not scientific enough?

    November 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Brieske

    They can save us alot of time and money if spend $30 on a bible and read it. Their little scientific experiment has no value toward life and the knowledge they gain has no use beyond answering a physics question. Is the Big Bang possible? I will answer the question. Yes.
    Now I have saved millions and millions of dollars that could have been used toward getting one reproducing female and male human to the nearest Earth like planet.
    jim

    November 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dictionary

    What's the word for shape phobia? Okay beginning scientists ... when you change the elemental particles on the same program ... physicality changes shape or form. You are exhibiting distaste for a shape.
    Advice: Don't judge a book by its cover or a world by its media or people by their leaders. A leader is something used to capture or catch something else by towing out the BACK. Maybe we need a better term. Catching something has nothing to do with its final application unless there is bait at the end. National Coordinator and administrator. Maybe we can now leave the hunting terms behind.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dictionary

    Isreal ... Is this a common foundation amoung 'your people' ... referring to your last post .... because I know plenty of folk in that vein who don't practice what is preached. And have caused monumental problems ... great and intelligent thoughts from you personally though. One of the best posts I've read so far.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. crzy22

    Let me paint a picture for you guys so open ur friggin eyes wide open and READ ON: PICTURE A PORTRAIT SPLIT IN HALF. ON THE LEFT SIDE WOULD BE FAITH, BELIEF, AND RELIGION. ON THE RIGHT SIDE WOULD BE SCIENCE, FACTS, "SEEING IS BELIEVING" TYPE OF SH!T. COMBINE EM TOGETHER YOU GET A CLEARER PICTURE. IN THE BIBLE IT SAYS GOT CREATED AND FORMED EVERYTHING IN 7 DAYS. SCIENCE SAYS THERE WAS A BANG AND OUT OF THE DUST LIFE FORME.... PUT THAT IN A SENTENCE AND WOULDNT IT MAKE SENSE? OVER THE COURSE OF MANKINDS HISTORY THERE HAS BEEN WAR BETWEEN THE IDEAS no just put em together

    November 10, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Michelle

    @ crzy22: That's a really cool way to think about it. I am going to ponder the possibilities....

    November 10, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. flux

    God created the scientists you folks are referring to. Cosmic.

    November 10, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. jbar

    I like how all of the "true believers" weigh in on science while they reap the benefits of research. It's all GOD's plan until you have to go to a doctor's office.

    November 10, 2010 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. dude

    Science has dug so deep that its theories start to intersect with faith (superstrings...). People of faith see and feel the connections and we are excited for both science and faith. Coolness. We r looking @ the same thing from different angles.

    November 10, 2010 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
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