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“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Atom: asking the matter

published on 27.01.2010

Hadrons, neutrons, quarks, gluons, or the famous Higgs particle are concepts of the atomic physics related to a big question: what is matter? “Quèquicom” visits CERN, a laboratory built 100 meters underground in Geneva, Switzerland, where the properties of some subatomic particles like hadrons are investigated from colisions in an accelerator called LHC (Large Hadron Collider). Speakers Enrique Fernández, President of the Scientific Policy Center, Jose Angel Hernandez of the University of Santiago, Antonio Perez Calero and Ricardo Vazquez, UB, and Christopher Padilla, IFAE-UAB. Atoms only account for 4% of the matter in the universe, the rest is dark energy and dark matter.The reporter Pere Renom talks to the director of underground lab Canfranc (Huesca), theoretical physicist Jose Angel Villar, to find out how they intend to detect dark matter.

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