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CERN: Ready for Its Close-Up

19 Feb 2009, 23:02 UTC
CERN: Ready for Its Close-Up
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The lucky folks at CERN witnessed bona fide red carpet treatment last week, when director Ron Howard showed up to unveil exclusive footage from his forthcoming film, Angels and Demons -- with actors Tom Hanks and Ayelet Zurer also on...The lucky folks at CERN witnessed bona fide red carpet treatment last week, when director Ron Howard showed up to unveil exclusive footage from his forthcoming film, Angels and Demons -- with actors Tom Hanks and Ayelet Zurer also on hand to lend a little extra star power. (I can't believe I missed this event until now.) For those unfamiliar with Dan Brown's sequel to The Da Vinci Code, it is partially set at CERN, with the plot revolving around a gram of antimatter stolen from the facility to create a bomb.
As many science-minded sorts have pointed out, this isn't all that realistic a scenario. Sure, CERN has been making anti-hydrogen atoms and such since 1995, but a gram is a lot of antimatter, and they haven't produced enough to light a light bulb for a few minutes, never mind make enough for a bomb (or to power Star Trek's Enterprise, more's the pity). New Scientist's Short Sharp Science ...

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