11 August 2008

Its cool when people make stuff

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 kilometer (17 mile) long particle accelerator straddling the border of Switzerland and France, is nearly set to begin its first particle beam tests. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is preparing for its first small tests in early August, leading to a planned full-track test in September - and the first planned particle collisions before the end of the year. The final step before starting is the chilling of the entire collider to -271.25 C (-456.25 F).


1 comment:

Dan B said...

I read that CERN isn't disclosing the exact start-up date/time, probably to avoid culpability should some sort of black hole appear in the Alps.