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This article was published on December 24, 2011

    The Large Hadron Collider: Recreated with LEGOs

    The Large Hadron Collider: Recreated with LEGOs
    Harrison Weber
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    Harrison Weber

    Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email. Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email.

    According to University Post, a scientist from the University of Copenhagen has spent over 80 hours of work and over $2,600 to build a model of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider out of 9,500 LEGO bricks. To give you some perspective, the model is at 1:50 scale. More from The University of Copenhagen:

    As we write, scientists are trying to find out whether the elusive Higgs boson particle was glimpsed at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, fueling huge excitement. If the particle, also known as the God particle, was actually there, it will make physics history.

    The LHC scientists do not yet have enough data to claim a discovery. But in the meantime, at home in Copenhagen, one physicist Sascha Mehlhase from the Niels Bohr Institute has made a part of the collider, the Atlas detector, out of LEGO toy bricks.

    The model is intended to promote alternative methods of learning, and a manual is in the works so anyone can make their own at home! Would you?