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The method was developed by Willard Libby in the late 1940s and soon became a standard tool for archaeologists.Libby received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in 1960.

Over the years, carbon 14 dating has also found applications in geology, hydrology, geophysics, atmospheric science, oceanography, paleoclimatology, and even biomedicine.

From the 1970s CERN became engaged in a race with the rival Fermilab laboratory in America to find and identify the W and Z bosons, but the CERN proton accelerator’s energy was barely sufficient for the quest.

Van der Meer and Rubbia (CERN’s director at the time) developed an ingenious way to intensify the violence of the head-on collisions from whose subatomic debris they hoped to spot the elusive particles.

Other corrections must be made to account for the proportion of throughout the biosphere (reservoir effects).

Additional complications come from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, and from the above-ground nuclear tests done in the 1950s and 1960s.

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