As we write, scientists are trying to find out whether the elusive Higgs boson particle was glimpsed at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, fueling huge excitement. If the particle, also known as the God particle, was actually there,
it will make physics history.
The LHC scientists do not yet have enough data to claim a discovery. But in the meantime, at home in Copenhagen, one physicist Sascha Mehlhase from the Niels Bohr Institute has made a part of the collider, the Atlas detector, out of LEGO toy bricks.
Monday, December 26, 2011
A physicist from the University of Copenhagen has spent over 80 hours of work and over $2,600 to built a Large Hadron Collider model out of 9,500 LEGOs. The Lego LHC is a 1:50 scale model of the real thing, making the minifig scientists close to scale with real people.