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  1. #1 large hadron collider Q (electrons) 
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    i understand that the LHC is smashing protons, and its looking for hadrons? or Gravitons? kinda confused on that part if anyone can clue me in on that.

    but my real Q is even though an electron is so small, why dont they attempt to smash those into eachother?


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    The simplest explanation is that they expect more interesting results from protons than from electrons.


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    They are looking for what has been dubbed the "God" particle.

    At least that is one of several things planned.
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    Except, nobody really calls it that.


    From your own link:

    The Higgs boson is often referred to as "the God particle" by the media, after the title of Leon Lederman's book, The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?. While use of this term may have contributed to increased media interest in particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider it is disliked by scientists as overstating the importance of the particle.
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    they are bashing Protons together and not electrons

    Protons are actual lumps of matter, if you blew it up a bazillion times you could pick it up

    electrons are not, the balls of energy depicted are a simplistic way to cover the majority of it's properties, in reality, electrons are more like spaces where (relative) large ammounts of energy like to spend most of the time... usually, as a result they give off fairly normal properties you would expect from a microscopic negatively charged ball, However they also don't have to be in the space the 'should' they have been recorded all over the place, on different atoms and in different areas of the right atom, another neat thing they can do which isn't particaley, is move 'without moving' we can see an electron at point A move to point B without actually traversing the inbetween distance,
    they can also move through the nucleus of an atom without apparently moving through it


    We don't smash neutrons together because it's easier to find lone protons, All acids are chock full of H+ ions, which are just protons
    It's not how many questions you ask, but the answers you get - Booms

    This is the Acadamy of Science! we don't need to 'prove' anything!
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