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Particle hunters at work in 1960.
In today’s great physics experiments, global computing grids do a lot of the heavy lifting as scientists seek fundamental breakthroughs like the fabled Higgs boson. But five decades ago, similar discoveries required that researchers spend hours manually sifting through actual photographs of subatomic wreckage. These ladies are doing just that: looking through the bubble tracks of yesteryear’s cutting-edge experiments and identifying fundamental photographic gold.
The work was probably tedious, but at least the discovery images from bubble chambers were kind of stunning.

Particle hunters at work in 1960.

In today’s great physics experiments, global computing grids do a lot of the heavy lifting as scientists seek fundamental breakthroughs like the fabled Higgs boson. But five decades ago, similar discoveries required that researchers spend hours manually sifting through actual photographs of subatomic wreckage. These ladies are doing just that: looking through the bubble tracks of yesteryear’s cutting-edge experiments and identifying fundamental photographic gold.

The work was probably tedious, but at least the discovery images from bubble chambers were kind of stunning.

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