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New Collider Sees Hints of Quark-Gluon Plasma

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Science  26 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5504, pp. 573
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5504.573

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STONY BROOK, NEW YORK-- Ever since the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider was turned on last June at Brookhaven National Laboratory, physicists have been eagerly awaiting news from the newest, biggest particle accelerator on the block. The wait is over. The first results, presented at an international particle physics conference here last week, hinted that scientists have finally managed to coax atomic nuclei to melt--creating a state of matter that hasn't existed since the big bang.