Large Hadron Collider has electrical malfunction, is taken offline

via DVICE by Adam Frucci on 9/18/08


The Large Hadron Collider has only been online for a short period of time, but it’s already hit a few snags. Due to an electrical fault that struck a cooling system for the mega-magnets that keep the beam on track, they had to shut the system down for maintenance. Which I assume is way more expensive maintenance than when my fridge goes on the fritz.

But never fear, science fans! With a contraption this large and complex, it was totally expected to hit a few minor snags. They’ll patch up whichever hole is leaking water and get it back online in no time, readying it to speed up to full bore and unlock the mysteries of the universe on schedule. Rock on, Hadron Collider!

PhysOrg, via Gizmodo

Large Hadron Collider Starts, World Goes On

The Large Hadron Collider is both the world’s largest machine and the largest atom smasher ever created. Many believed that the device would create microscopic black holes that would destroy the Earth.

The LHC was started yesterday, and has already produced its first images. As you can tell, the world hasn’t ended. The catch according to naysayers is that the LHC hasn’t started producing sub-atomic collisions yet, which are supposedly needed to create black holes.

Before the sub-atomic collisions can be started, the scientists need to get a proton beam to run in an opposite direction. We won’t be out of the woods in the minds of dooms day predictors at least until the sub-atomic collisions commence.

Via Telegraph

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Stephen Hawking Bets Against Large Hadron Collider’s Success [Lhc]


via Gizmodo by Kit Eaton on 9/9/08

We know the LHC won’t end the world, but in an amusing note before its big switch-on tomorrow Stephen Hawking (he of the physics brain the size of a planet) has admitted he’s got a $100 bet that the machine won’t succeed in one of its big goals: finding the very mysterious Higgs boson.

In a BBC radio interview he joked “I think it will be much more exciting if we don’t find the Higgs. That will show something is wrong, and we need to think again” before admitting to his bet. If found, the Higgs particle, also dubbed the “God particle” would be crucial evidence supporting the standard model of particle physics, but it’s managed to remain elusive to date.

Hawking does think the LHC might find superpartner particles though (“supersymmetric partners” to particles we already know about) and that might be a key to string theory. Will he lose his cash? Only time will tell. Just remember, time is relative.



Large Hadron Collider Might Annihilate Humanity, But it Sure is Pretty

via Gizmodo by Adam Frucci on 8/1/08

Looking for some new desktop pictures? What better to have as a desktop than the contraption that’s going to create a black hole in a mere week, killing us all? The Big Picture has a great collection of high-res Large Hadron Collider images, and they’re stunning. If we’re going to die, we might as well be killed by the biggest, most beautiful piece of technology ever assembled by man.

[The Big Picture]