1994
Atomic  


Planning begins for a 21st century accelerator.

Construction of the world's most powerful particle accelerator is approved at CERN, the Eurpean research consortium near Geneva, Switzerland. To be built in an existing tunnel 17 miles around, it will accelerate and collide high-energy protons to search for objects such as the proposed Higgs particle which is thought to interact with all elementary particles, and to endow them with mass.
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