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Year In Review: Highlights In Science And Technology

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A graphic shows a collision at full power at the Compact Muon Solenoid experience control room of the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Meyrin.

By Richard Solash

The most intriguing breakthrough in the world of science this past year may have taken place in a 27-kilometer-long tunnel deep below the border of Switzerland and France.

That’s where researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) say they moved one possible step closer to solving one of the universe’s greatest mysteries.

Their groundbreaking experiments in particle physics were the highlight of 2011’s notable scientific and technological advances.

The group’s director-general, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, revealed on December 13 that he and his team had found “intriguing hints” that an elusive subatomic particle, theorized to be a basic building block of the universe, actually exists. Read the rest of this entry »