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CERN Linac 4

Took 10 years to build

Dubbed "The Infinity Machine", CERN announced on May 9th, 2017 an upgrade to the LHC. The Linac 4 is designed to replace the 40 year old component which injects the particles into the main accelerator.

Costing €85bn, the design paves the way for smaller colliders in future, which means CERN or other organizations could build more in different locations.

Interestingly, CERN is stressing the uses away from nuclear physics which these machines offer, such as cancer diagnosis and art analysis in museums to help detect fakes.

There is only one museum in the world which has a particle accelerator - the Louvre in Paris. And it just happens to hold a well-known painting which is the subject of a Mandela Effect...