Seven million million…

July 30, 2010

Scientists inch towards finding “God particle”

SCIENCE/CERNThe LHC, a 27-km (17-mile) looped tunnel which creates mini-Big Bangs by smashing together particles, is currently colliding particles at around half its maximum energy level — 7 million electron volts, or 7 TeV.

In the article “Scientists inch towards finding ‘God particle'” it says 7 TeV is 7 million electron volts which is incorrect. 7 TeV is 7 tera-electron volts which is 7 trillion, not million.


A number of readers noticed that. Our original story said “7 million million electron volts,” which is how scientists phrased it, but in the online version, one of those millions was removed by a spell-check program that thought it was redundant. We corrected: GBU Editor

Scientists look at pictures of the first successful collisions at full power at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experience control room of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Meyrin, near Geneva March 30, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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