Scientists are making final preparations to conduct world's largest experiment:
In November next year the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) the largest -- 27km in circumference -- and highest energy -- 7 Tera-electron Volts(TeV) -- particle accelerator ever constructed will be switched on.
The LHC is the successor to the Large Electron-Positron Collider (LEP) which was operational from 1989-2000. The job of the LHC is to fire protons (high-energy particles) in opposite directions around the 27 kilometer ring at 11,000 times per second -- a velocity approaching the speed of light.
It is so powerful, it is capable of creating mini-black holes. The hope is that the collisions -- up to one billion per second -- will reproduce the conditions that were in existence immediately after the Big Bang some 10 billion years ago.