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Has the Large Hadron Collider been switched on yet?

Postby Scepcop » 03 Nov 2009, 19:35

I can't find any updates about it, but last I heard, they pushed back the date of when the LHC would be switched on.

Has it finally been switched on yet? If so, did anything happen?
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Re: Has the Large Hadron Collider been switched on yet?

Postby NinjaPuppy » 03 Nov 2009, 19:44

I have no idea. I had to look it up and of course, the information was WAY over my head. Whatever they do, I hope they have thought to plug that thing into a surge protector. ;)
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Re: Has the Large Hadron Collider been switched on yet?

Postby Nostradamus » 07 Nov 2009, 12:54

It's up and running although this is the testing phase.

Just to help out a little. This thing is a hadron collider. Hadrons are the big things in the little world of the atom. They are heavy and made of smaller parts. Leptons are the little things. They are light and not seen to be made of smaller pieces.

So this machine it used to move heavy things and smack them together to see what happens.

Seems that a year ago there was a problem:
Preliminary investigations indicate that the most likely cause of the problem was a faulty electrical connection between two magnets, which probably melted at high current leading to mechanical failure.


Now that the situation has been resolved the team is back to testing.
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Re: Has the Large Hadron Collider been switched on yet?

Postby Nostradamus » 24 Dec 2009, 06:05

I forgot to report that the LHC is up and running. Some initial collisions have been detected. It's a very exciting time indeed. We'll see if amazing events happen soon or if its the typical slow plodding manner of science that slowly ekes out new results.
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Re: Has the Large Hadron Collider been switched on yet?

Postby Nostradamus » 27 Feb 2010, 09:15

The LHC is up and running and doing science. Yeah!

The whole LHC controversy reminds me of the John Deere problem. Way back when people were terrified that the new plow invented by that Satanic Deere fellow would poison the soil with its might iron blade. It was a fear back then and today we might laugh. I wonder if 100 years from now the people would laugh about the uproar on the LHC?
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Re: Has the Large Hadron Collider been switched on yet?

Postby Scepcop » 12 Oct 2010, 21:49

So what's the update on the LHC? What has it done so far? Any discoveries? Did it create any mini-black holes?
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