Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle collider successfully completed its first major test by firing a beam of protons all the way around a 17-mile tunnel.The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is drawing a lot of media attention. As it should, since the LHC is the most expensive piece of experimental gear ever assembled. It aims to uncover no less than absolutely fundamental truths about creation, and the universe we live in. Will we find the elusive Higgs Boson? Will we uncover energy leaks into other dimensions, providing experimental credence to the premise of String Theory? These and many other fundamental questions will potentially be unraveled by the LHC.

But as with most such large scale projects, the LHC has had its share of detractors. There was initially some fear (amongst the scientifically challenged!) that miniature black holes would result from the particle collisions, potentially consuming the Earth. Well, that certainly didn’t happen! But we did recently learn something a little more real and useful… and that is that Pakistan had a major role to play in these experiments. In fact, there are no less than 27 Pakistani scientists and physicists involved in the operation of the LHC.

Now this is certainly something to celebrate and be proud of! Our brilliant men and women are at the very forefront of ground breaking discoveries in science!

The DAWN carries more on this:

Pakistani scientists part of Big Bang experiment

ISLAMABAD: Around 27 Pakistani scientists and technicians took part in the flawless start to the ‘Big Bang’ experiment that will re-enact the first moments of the universe.

‘Fifteen physicists, ten engineers, five Lasers and Opto-electronics experts, six computer professionals and six students from National Centre for Physics (NCP) and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) are involved in the experiment and this opportunity provided them with an immense learning opportunity,’ said Dr. Riazuddin, Former Director General NCP while briefing the media on the contribution of Pakistani scientists in Big Bang experiment.

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