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CERN: the Antimatter Place

There is a laboratory in Switzerland where physicists play with particles and antiparticles all the time. It is called CERN and it's the world's largest centre for the study of "particle physics".

Scientists here know how to create positrons, antiprotons, and many other kinds of particles and antiparticles. Why? Playing with these particles is the way to get to know them better, and understand what we and the universe are made of.

At CERN they use antiparticles in many different ways, to study many different things:
- they smash antiparticles against their particle partners
- they take one antiparticle and look at it very carefully
- they take some antiparticles and try to build them up into ANTIMATTER!


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