THE Large Hadron Collider team will be tapping into the collective computing power of the public to help it simulate particle physics experiments. Among other pursuits, the effort could help uncover the Higgs boson. The effort, dubbed LHC@home 2.0, is a vastly updated version of a 2004 effort to enlist the publics computers to simulate beams of protons. Advances in home computers now allow simulations of the enormously more complex particle collisions themselves. The LHC facility is the worlds most powerful atom smasher, occupying an underground, 27km ring beneath the Swiss-French border. Volunteers can now actively help physicists in the search for new fundamental particles that will provide insights into the origin of our Universe, by contributing spare computing power from their personal computers and laptops, read a statement from Cern, the European Organization for Nuclear Research which runs the LHC. Along with the grandeur of the accelerator itself came an unprecedented computing infrastructure to handle the 15 million gigabytes of data produced at the LHC each year. BBC