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CERN, Geneva

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The European Organization for Nuclear Research (French: Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire), known as CERN (; French pronunciation: ​[sɛʁn]; derived from the name Conseil européen pour la recherche nucléaire), is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Established in 1954, the organization is based in a northwest suburb of Geneva on the Franco–Swiss border and has 23 member states. Israel is the only non-European country granted full membership. CERN is an official United Nations Observer.
The acronym CERN is also used to refer to the laboratory, which in 2016 had 2,500 scientific, technical, and administrative staff members, and hosted about 12,000 users. In the same year, CERN generated 49 petabytes of data.
CERN's main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research – as a result, numerous experiments have been constructed at CERN through international collaborations. The main site at Meyrin hosts a large computing facility, which is primarily used to store and analyse data from experiments, as well as simulate events. Researchers need remote access to these facilities, so the lab has historically been a major wide area network hub. CERN is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web.
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  • there is a lot of things to learn here, great for the whole family. The best day will be the open doors day when you can actually see the accelerator. Check the date and book in advance.  more »
  • Excellent place to learn about activities in CERN where world wide web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee as a tool for physicists working at CERN.  more »
  • What a place! Innovation, Teamwork across nations, unlocking the secrets of the Universe. What an AMAZING place. If you ever manage to visit Geneva make sure that you will go for a guided visit at CERN. A lifetime experience! Not only you will see what us humans can achieve but you might also realize how small Earth and humanity is in comparison to what the whole Universe consists off! Having professionals explaining the work done to CERN might even change your perspective of how you see life. Just speechless about this place.
  • My brain exploded faster than the 2 particles collide before I enter this amazing lab :P! The world's largest and most expensive particle collider ever built!

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