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Thursday24 July 2014

Thrice-recycled dome will host visitors to science first

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Globe will be host to 'world's greatest physics experiment'

This 27m dome, the visitors’ quarters at CERN, (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire or European Nuclear Research Centre) might look familiar to some. The Groupe-H: Herve Dessimov-designed structure was first used for the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2000, then recycled in Le Palais de l’Equilibre in the Swiss Expo 2002. In 2004, it was taken from storage and re-erected as the Globe of Science and Innovation in 2006.

The size of the the cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, it is the largest of its type in the world. The structure is made from five species of timber (Scots pine, Douglas fir, spruce, larch and Canadian maple) all native to Switzerland. According to timber promotion organisation, wood for good, the 2,500 m 3 of timber has 2,500 tonnes of CO2 locked up.

Come September 10th, The Globe will be filled with excited science fans gathering to witness the first running of a beam through the brand new £2.6 billion Large Hydrogen Collider, 100 metres below ground. The system test will prepare for the world’s first high energy particle collisions on October 21st where scientists hope to recreate, on a microscale, the conditions of the Big Bang.

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