Science: A Boost for Bevatron

A conservatively dressed man with graying hair strode unflinchingly to the target area of one of the world's most powerful nuclear particle accelerators last week and donned a molded plastic mask. At a signal, the accelerator beam was switched on, and nitrogen nuclei, traveling at almost the speed of light, flashed into his temple through a hole in the mask. At first nothing happened, even though the beam struck his optic nerve, behind the retina. For the next pulse, however, his head was moved so that the beam passed through his retina. "Hey, there's one!" he shouted. "Hey, there's a whole...

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