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I do like me some science. :)

The authors of this particular video have taken pains to make particle physics and the LHC as interesting and accessible as possible.  Not a lot of meat here, but still the fly though of the LHC site and some of the pictures of the first higher energy collisions are really quite fantastic.

Sending our best hopes that the LHC will not have any more breakdowns as they search for some of the answers in physics and quantum physics that been at the forefront of their respective fields.  They ran a test and nothing blew up, a good sign to say the least.  Catch the full story at the CBC.

“The operators of the Large Hadron Collider have successfully sent a beam of protons around the ring of the world’s largest particle collider.

It is the first time the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, has been operational since September 2008, when an electrical connection in the collider’s magnets melted, causing a tonne of super-cooled liquid helium to leak into the tunnel.”

So now we can continue to speculate whether we will create a micro black hole and really mess things up on a planetary scale.

Large Hadron Collider to restart in fall after 1-year hiatus

The magnet core of the world's largest superconducting solenoid magnet, seen in 2007, is part of the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator. Abnormally high resistances were found in the accelerator's high-current superconducting electrical connections and have since been repaired.The magnet core of the world’s largest superconducting solenoid magnet, seen in 2007, is part of the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator. Abnormally high resistances were found in the accelerator’s high-current superconducting electrical connections and have since been repaired. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone/Associated Press)

The world’s largest particle accelerator is scheduled to gradually start up again in November after being shut down for more than a year.

The $9-billion project was shut down on Sept. 19, 2008, after just nine days of operation. The meltdown of a small electrical connection had caused the release of a large amount of liquid helium into the 27-kilometre long tunnel, near the Franco-Swiss border. Its restart date has been delayed several times since then.

Heuer said the machine is now “a much better understood machine than it was a year ago.” CERN expects to run the collider at 3.5 TeV for several weeks until a “significant data sample” has been collected, then gradually increase the energy to 5 TeV per beam. It expects to run a test with lead ions at the end of 2010 before shutting the machine down again in an effort to get it ready to move towards its maximum power.”


I have always had an interest in physics.  It is a shame that numbers and equations cause my brain to 404 faster than you can say ‘system error’.  I hope that that once they fire up the LHC they can start earnestly looking for the elusive higgs-boson that so far has eluded them.  It would be one of those fantastic cornerstone discoveries that has the potential to change the face of physics.  Grab the original article from the CBC here.

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