Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Positron Emission Topography and the Large Hadron Collider: What Science does for You

When most people think of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) the first thing that pops into their head is probably the 2012 discovery of the Higgs Boson. This was a major discovery that offered a monumental contribution to our understanding of the standard model, but what else has the LHC accomplished? Has it done anything else that is notable? Looking at the popular science magazines, it doesn't seem like it has--the LHC looks like a one-shot wonder. However, the LHC has done a lot more than discover the Higgs, but unlike NASA, which has a much higher profile and is frequently recognized for its contributions to society, its discoveries often get little to no press. Today, we'd like to rectify this oversight by focusing on the LHC's contributions to the PET Scan.

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