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Will Cern’s Large Hadron Collider finally unlock the mysteries of the universe?

Alia Talaat

He looks a bit 1968 — beard, leather waistcoat, jeans — and his job title is downright hippie-psychedelic. Paul Collier is head of beams.

I meet him in a tunnel 300ft below Switzerland, or maybe France. Down here, it’s hard to tell. We are inside the biggest machine in the world, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile ring beneath the villages and farmland on the Franco-Swiss border.

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