Take a tour of one of the most the renowned physics labs in the world that brought us the World Wide Web.
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is located outside of Geneva, Switzerland, and operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. CERN’s main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research. Notably, it is responsible for bringing us the World Wide Web which was invented by British scientist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in 1989. (Fun fact – the web was originally designed as a way for scientists at institutions around the world to share information, and not for cute dog and cat videos. Go figure.)
Utilizing some pretty special innovative technology, CERN just released this fab tour of their largest particle detector, known as the ATLAS experiment, which is a collaboration involving 3,000 physicists from 183 institutions in 38 countries. Some pretty cool stuff happens there…like, you know, defining our known universe. It all takes place more than 300 feet below ground in an enormous, cavernous structure that you get to tour. With these awesome 360 capabilities, as your guide explains what you are seeing, you feel like you are actually there as you scroll to look up, down, and around the room as would if you were standing there in person.
Take advantage of this cool tour on YouTube to see where the magic happens!
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