Science: Bigger Mini-Bangs for the Buck

A powerful new machine accelerates U.S. high-energy physics

As they watched a green line edge across a video screen, the excitement mounted. "It's going!" exclaimed one of the exultant scientists. "Keep going! Keep going!" shouted another. The control room soon erupted into a chorus of unrestrained cheers. Bottles of champagne were broken out, and toasts resounded.

That tumultuous scene last week, reminiscent of a locker-room victory celebration, marked a more esoteric kind of triumph. When the green line made its telltale movement at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the sprawling high-energy physics research center...

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