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10 huge machines that changed science

When it comes to science, brawn can be brilliant.
big machines of science

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Timba Smits and Eric Heintz

THEY'RE STRONG. THEY'RE SMART. They're the big machines of science. From deep-sea-diving dream boats to ersatz earthquake emitters; from space-faring weightless halls to subterranean subatomic particle slammers: These powerhouses were built for discovery. They’ve been used to puzzle out the secrets of the early universe and prepare us for a future filled with spaceflight—and that’s not all. When it comes to science, brawn can be brilliant. But there’s no such thing as too big to fail: Some of the coolest colossals were cursed to crash and burn. Now you can have the whole fleet on deck. Start your collection today!


The Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider

Timba Smits and Eric Heintz

WITH THIS RING, I THEE SMASH. This ring-shaped proton roller coaster is one of the single largest machines on the planet. Protons shoot through its nearly 17-mile-long underground tunnel at close to the speed of light; the universe can’t help but spill its secrets. Protons crash together at high speeds, revealing particles previously ­unknown. You’ve probably heard all about its 2012 grand slam, detecting the Higgs

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