written by ben turner, on january 27th, 2022

what: “x particle” from the dawn of time detected
where: inside the large hadron collider at cern (world’s largest atom smasher)
when: findings published january 19th, 2022
why: to study the more elementary particles from the big bang that soon cooled and combined into the more stable protons and neutrons we know today.
how: by smashing together lead ions

interesting fact: now that the researchers have identified the x particle’s signature, they can determine its internal structure.

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