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Frequently Asked Questions

When antimatter comes into contact with matter it annihilates: the mass of the particle and its antiparticle are converted into pure energy. But can this energy be harnessed in some useful way?

Matter's secret twin? This sounds like science fiction - is it?

What kind or research is undertaken at CERN? Who controls it? How is it funded?

Does CERN create black holes? Is this dangerous?

It is very difficult to contain antimatter. Any contact between a particle and its anti-particle leads to their immediate annihilation...

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

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

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