Rockford grad in midst of breaking world news

Burt DeWilde, Rockford’s 2003 salutatorian, is pictured with the ATLAS detector. The machine made world news Tuesday, March 30, when it successfully began atomizing protons at nearly the speed of light in a giant facility built underground in Switzerland.

Man’s most complex machine to answer questions of the universe by BETH ALTENA Several years ago, the world media was filled with worries that Earth’s first particle collider would create a black hole and suck in the planet with everyone and everything on it. Last week, the Large Hadron Collider’s (LHC) first successful proton collision […]