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. TheSun

    You like that shlt? Science is pretty cool, huh? Now go away before I burn the retinas out your eye sockets, hammerheads.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. molly

    There goes nothing scientists find. The more they try to discover, the more they realized they know nothing. There is nothing new under the sun, try asking the Son.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Dude

    Looks like Molly's been drinking the Koolaid.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |

    i think the big bang was just god farting.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tomcat

    @dude didnt they have one of those in Texas?

    November 8, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dictionary

    Black matter serves NO man.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nat

    God said let their be light and bang their it was...

    November 9, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Germaine

    We actually fund this crap?- Is having Faith in GOD no longer proof for everything?

    November 9, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. The Dude

    @Germaine... Having "faith in God" is proof of absolutely nothing. I'll bet you believe the world is flat, stars reside on a large crystal sphere, and that the Earth is the center of the solar system. Your mindset is reminiscent of the Inquisition.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • uneducated man

      That's a blatant logical fallacy bra.

      November 9, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Glenn

      Dude, maybe you should try some koolaid yourself and do your self a favor...would help you more than your far fetched belief...which is simpler to believe in ? That God created everything ? or everything came together from one 'minuscle particle' ? really..?? how novel & creative....for science fiction maybe it would make sense that everything got created by itself. And that's what this all is....pure science fiction....the simplest cell in your body is more complex than any computer ever created...and you mean to tell me this happened by chance ? Your mindset is reminiscent of the ape you probably evolved from, considering the evolution & science you believe in. Just because Molly and Germaine believe in God does not mean they do not beleive in science...we just don't beleive in your & the CNN version of science.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    @the was scientists who taught the earth was flat. The bible had it right the whole time. "The earth is a shere hanging upon nothing" is how the ancient bible describes it. True believers have known the earth wasn't flat for thousands of years. Science has just recently found this out, and then only after much waste and bloodshed.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      No Phil it was the religion that insisted to world was flat. Science proved it was round. And scientist gazed at the stars(heavens). Scientist Capurnicus and Di Vinci were called into the Popes office on occasion to retract their findings.

      November 9, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • The Dude

      The Greeks proved conclusively that it was round by experiment in the 6th century BC. Galileo Galilei was imprisoned by the church until he recanted his beliefs.

      November 9, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • uneducated man

      @thedude- You mean the Catholic Church? The one that had sullied the purity of the Scriptures by adding the doctrines of men (ex cathedra)? The one that Martin Luther, Ulirch Zwingli, and John Calvin protested against? Judging the validity of Christian faith based upon one small segment is another logical fallacy.

      P.S. Galileo was a believer, and his aim in his scientific pursuits was the glory of God

      November 9, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob R

      The sphere part is a fanciful translation of the passage at Job 26:7. Closer to the truth is "Young's Literal Translation": Stretching out the north over desolation, Hanging the earth upon nothing.

      November 9, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • israel

      dude scientists from long long ago were preaching the earth was round, that we weren't the center of the solar system/galaxy/universe etc etc....back in those days, the "dark" days, when everything was ruled by religion....those scientists were imprisoned, tortured and sometimes executed for their findings, many had to recant their findings publicly......all because they went against the sayings of the church....and if i remember my bible correctly...."all you hold true on earth i shall hold true in heaven" so not only were the religious numbnuts of those days completely wrong, they were wrong and had a religious book that said even if they were wrong god would still believe them.....yea what a great religion, where ignorance and intolerance is perfectly acceptable but learning true facts and gaining true knowledge and wisedom is completely frowned upon if it doesn't align with the interests of the how these types of articles bring out the religious retards while the religious articles bring out the non-religious people are pathetic

      November 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gloria

    It took billions of years for life to exist as we know it,and that is how long it will take to understand its origin, Its not meant for us to understand, rt

    November 9, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. cesar

    Interesting story, but I'm afraid it's about 3 notches beyond Tomcat's comprehension. The little boy likes puzzles.

    November 9, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    "The earth is standing to times indefinite, and the moon will not be made to totter" says the ancient scripture. Yet science and many so-called "Christian" religions teach that the earth will one day be destroyed. "The earth is a sphere hanging upon nothing" says the ancient scripture while science was teaching the earth was a hemisphere supported by four large elephants standing on the back of an even larger tortise. The scientists even sought government funding to find out how much weight ea. of the elephants legs supported.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • brian

      @phil what is wrong with you?
      scientists believe 4 elephants hold it in place?
      where do you make this stuff up

      November 9, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • israel

      yea and the church instead preached the world was a rectangle and if you sailed to the edge of it you would fall off into space, guessed it, science proved them wrong. despite what the bible says NOW, that's not what they preached THEN

      people always have and always will use religion to explain things they either don't understand or are too scared to go figure out for themselves, scientists are the ones who embrace the challenge presented by religion to prove that these occurances are not the work of some invisible man in the sky we can't see, talk to or hear

      November 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernieg7

      Yes but science did not prove them wrong. Brave men proved them wrong.

      November 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mano

      Science is not written by Terry Pratchet. The great A'tuin Ives on.

      November 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dictionary

    The big bang was just the womb's interpretation of events. From the clouds perspective ... just mom and dad doin' the evil deed again. This little gizmo here is like a permanent orgasm. That was the wish of Jesus. I mean the way he wanted to die ... in the throws of a great orgasm. Thanks for saving us little buddy! Ahoy ... and leaving us with all of your best ideas. And we're sorry you had to go through all of that. And still didn't kill us all. THAT is love ... his mother would have.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mano

    Why such polarization? Can no one entertain the concept that science actually proves God? Closing ones mind to possibilities is a sign of fear and stupidity. If God exists, then why fear science for it will point to God. If God does not exist, then nothing has been lost. Faith does not demand the exclusion of truth, nor does truth demand ignorance.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
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