LHC Goes Live – Earth Still Here

Last night the Large Hadron Collider went live! The LHC is the best chance yet of finding evidence of the Higgs boson, among other fundamental particles that are theoretically predicted but so far not observed. The US could have gotten there first, if Congress weren’t so stupid as to spend billions of dollars starting the construction of the Superconducting Supercollider, then cancel the project before it was done. The US once again loses the science competition.

So far the planet is still here, despite warnings to the contrary from picketing luddites. As of the latest entries on the LHC live-blog, posted by the team there, no ravaging black holes have yet emerged from the beam. Nor have swarms of stranglets burst from CERN to convert the Earth’s mass into exotic particles. Shocking, that.

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~ by Planetologist on September 10, 2008.

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