Large Hadron Collider Set To Begin Testing This Weekend

09 Aug

The Large Hadron Collider, soon-to-be the world’s most powerful atom smasher, begins testing this weekend.

CERN will fire the first test beam through one of the particle accelerator’s sectors.

The purpose of this test? “It’s, Let’s see what happens.” Judy Jackson, head of the Office Communications at Fermilab, told Popular Mechanics. “It’s a very complex machine. This is a step towards getting ready.”

On September 10th, a full-power beam will travel through the accelerator’s entire 17 miles of tunnels, reaching up to 99.99 percent of the speed of light (670,549,567.34 MPH). And finally, assuming all goes well (i.e. no micro-blackholes, stranglets, wormholes etc.), the first real science experiments will begin some time in October.

Though the initial test beams won’t be nearly as energetic as physicists hoped, subsequent beams will be. It’s cost almost $8 billion so far and taken 12 years to build and now we all get to see if…well, it really works. Once it’s up and running, researchers hope to use it to answer many important questions about the nature of mass, dark matter, and the earliest moments of our universe.

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Posted by on August 9, 2008 in Physics, Science News


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One response to “Large Hadron Collider Set To Begin Testing This Weekend

  1. jtankers

    August 9, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Abstract from Professor Dr. Otto E. Rossler’s plea to the world below, copy available on

    “A nightmarish situation, that can still be hoped to be averted in time through communication within the scientific community, is drawn attention to. Only a few weeks remain to find out whether the danger is real or nothing but a mirage. After this time window is closed, it will take years until we know whether or not we are doomed. The story line has all the features of a best-selling novel. The reader is asked to contribute constructively.”

    Quote from Dr. Otto E. Rossler, Professor Theoretical Biochemist, visiting Professor of Theoretical Physics, inventor of the Rossler Attractor, founder of Endophysics, winner of the 2003 Chaos Award of the University of Liege and the 2003 Rene Descartes Award.


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