Mysterious giant magnet attracts rock-star status
The electromagnet moves down Interstate 88 in Naperville, Ill., Friday, July 26, 2013 on its way to Batavia's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The electromagnet is 50 feet wide, weighs more than 15 tons and has taken a month to transport 3,200 miles from New York to Illinois. The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will use the gadget to study blazing-fast particles. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)
Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 12:00 am
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (AP) - It skipped tolls. It had a Twitter hashtag and a GPS tracker. It even posed for photos with groupies.
The 50-foot-wide, 15-ton electromagnet attracted a sensation wherever it went during its slow, delicate 3,200-mile journey from New York to suburban Chicago. The land-and-sea trip culminated when scientists threw a rock star's welcome for the mysterious, shrink-wrapped cargo on Friday as it arrived at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to help study blazing-fast particles.
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