Take a Digital Joyride Through the Large Hadron Collider

The Street View tour of CERN is comprehensive and smashed-particle-free.
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Back in 1989, working from a computer at CERN, Tim Berners-Lee put into the place the ideas and the infrastructure that would become the World Wide Web. In 1990, he released a formal proposal to build a "hypertext project": a "web" of "hypertext documents" that would be accessible via "browsers." 

You know the story from there: the web, the commercial Internet, the ability you have to read this sentence on a screen. What you may not know, however, is that, in 2011, one of the new global institutions to emerge from Berners-Lee's invention returned to the effective place of its birth. Google came to CERN. And it brought with it its Street View equipment

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The results of Google's webby homecoming have been released today. You can now tour CERN via Street View. And the tour, of course, includes the Large Hadron Collider -- which, having not yet destroyed the Earth, is currently being overhauled in preparation for future research. The images Google's Zurich-based Street View team captured -- tunnel vision, in the best sense -- are just as mesmerizing and coldly beautiful and charmingly nerdy as you'd expect. The CERN/LHC tour is like seeing the Galapagos via Street View ... except totally the opposite of that

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Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

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