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Angels and Demons movie poster

In Ron Howard's Angels & Demons Tom Hanks plays Harvard academic Robert Langdon, who discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood called the Illuminati - the most powerful underground organization in history.

When Langdon finds evidence that the Illuminati have stolen antimatter from a secret laboratory at CERN, which they plan to use as a devastating weapon to destroy the Vatican, he and CERN scientist Vittoria Vetra begin a race against time to recover the antimatter and prevent catastrophe.

But what is antimatter? Is is real? Is it dangerous? What is CERN?

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Frequently Asked Questions

God particle? Bosons? Peter Higgs? What is all this?

CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research - what's with the two names?

Large-scale annihilation of antimatter and matter could theoretically be used in a destructive way - but could it be used to make a bomb?