CERN Released 300 TB of Raw Data for Anyone to See
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world has just released a staggering 300 terabytes of data onto the internet regarding their Large Hadron Collider. According to a press release, the data “include[s] over 100 TB, or 2.5 inverse femtobarns (fb−۱), of data from proton collisions at 7 TeV, making up half the data collected at the LHC by the CMS detector in 2011.” These big long words basically mean that a lot of highly technical physics data is now available for public study and critique.
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The data released ranges from raw numbers used in calculations to highly processed analysis data, with the intention being that most of the information will be used in high-school and college level physics courses for educational purposes, according to Gizmodo.