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'Why Anything?': Fermilab Scientists Ask The Universe's Biggest Question In Study Of A Tiny Particle

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson took a trip to Fermilab for a tour of work on a tiny particle that could help answer some of the biggest questions in physics.
Researchers are testing how the field cages perform at the high voltages required for DUNE. (CERN)

Beneath a prairie about 35 miles west of Chicago, scientists are beaming subatomic particles through the Earth at nearly the speed of light.

The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, or Fermilab, used to be home to the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Tevatron. That title now belongs to the Large Hadron Collider in Europe, and in 2011, the Tevatron was shut down.

Now, Fermilab is a global center for research into a tiny particle that could help answer some of the biggest questions

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