September 10th, 2008

Look into the sun! Look into the sun!

"One short trip for a proton, but one giant leap for mankind!"

The world's largest particle accelerator fired for the first time today successfully - and without destroying the Earth! The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) fired a beam of protons at almost the speed of light through its circular, 17-mile tunnel that passes beneath villages and cow pastures along the French-Swiss border. This is the largest experimental device ever built.

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Researchers intend to use the LHC to recreate post-Big Bang conditions and study the Higgs boson and dark matter. “It’s a fantastic moment,” said LHC project leader Lyn Evans, “we can now look forward to a new era of understanding about the origins and evolution of the universe.”

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And I get to work with one of the CERN researchers, Philip Baringer, for the Spring "Science, Technology, & Society" class.

Cool beans!