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On the border of France and Switzerland, the CERN organization is building giant machine that they intend to use to smash together tiny particles at great speeds. It is called the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC for short.

Currently under construction, it is planned to open in 2007, and physicists hope to use it to answer some fundamental questions about the nature of matter; for instance, what is mass? We know that mass exists, and that we can measure it, but what is it?

They’re also hoping to learn about dark matter, dark energy, and parallel dimensions. And perhaps most importantly, will a supermodel date a scientist if he has a large hadron collider?

A chap named Peter McCready has put together a very cool Quicktime VR panorama of the construction project, complete with sound. Damn spiffy.

Quicktime VR photo panorama with sound
Wikipedia article on the Large Hadron Collider