Photos: 2008 review of the year in IT

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2008 IT year in pictures: CERN - Large Hadron Collider starts with a bang

2008 IT year in pictures: CERN - Large Hadron Collider starts with a bang

As the CERN big bang experiment went live on 10 August, we breathed a sigh of relief that the world didn’t end. The Swiss lab’s LHC, the world’s biggest particle accelerator, hurls subatomic particles around a 27km circular tunnel before crashing them into each other, with the aim of discovering the mechanics of the universe. The project uses cutting edge technologies including: grid computing, global networking and advanced databases. But a major helium leak forced the LHC to be shut down till summer 2009.

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