The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN could change physics the way we know it. James Pinfond, from the University of Alberta, made a theory according to which magnetic monopoles could exist – unleashing the way for new kinds of energy.

Classic, natural magnets have two poles – no exception whatsoever. Only theoretically it has been shown (by physicist Paul Dirac), in the 1930s, that magnetic monopoles (subatomic particles with just one magnetic pole) could exist, leading to several modern theories of physics built on its possible existence.

Pinfold’s team will use the 27-kilometer Large Hadron Collider to search for magnetic monopoles in the shrapnel-like debris produced when protons collide, creating an immense amount of energy – 14 million electron volts, and replicating the energy produced after the Big Bang occurred.

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