Large Hadron Collider Update

August 20th, 2009

Atom SmasherCERN’s super-expensive Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was shut down last September due to one badly-soldered electrical connection, with the expectation that it would be up and running this September. This will not be the case. After inspecting the entire system, technicians found 5,000 faulty electrical connections, apparently due to poor workmanship. In an effort to get something in the way of results, CERN will run the collider at half-power starting this November. Then in late 2010 it will shut down the system to make the repairs necessary for full-power usage. So it may be years before we see the ground-breaking results that were originally expected.


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