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From Switzerland, Fresno State Students Carry Torch Of Nobel Prize-Winning Physics Research

Here in North America, Switzerland may be known for snowy mountain tops, raclette cheese, and yodeling. But the landlocked, Central European country is also home to one of the biggest and most ambitious science endeavors ever undertaken. And though it’s nearly 6,000 miles away, the San Joaquin Valley is leaving its mark there. We spoke to some Valley locals at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN. Enter CERN as a tourist and one of the first sights you’ll see is the so-called synchrocyclotron, a small particle accelerator that once was CERN’s flagship experiment. Built in the late 1950s, this Cold-War-Era machine is now retired, but it set CERN on a trajectory to become the world leader in nuclear and particle physics. Indeed, half a century later, CERN built a particle accelerator 300 feet below the synchrocyclotron that’s a hundred thousand times more powerful. The Large Hadron Collider, switched on in 2008, is a circular tunnel 17 miles around that smashes protons
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