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CERN's massive Large Hadron Collider went online today, performing even better than expect. It's now the world's largest particle accelerator and it's scheduled to start probing the universe's most puzzling questions in just a few short months.  (Source: CERN)
The launch of the world's largest particle accelerator is going almost seamlessly thus far

CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has gone online, becoming the world's largest operational particle collider.  The LHC was the result of $9B USD and years of collaboration from researchers worldwide.  It promises to unlock great mysteries such as the Higgs boson and deeper insight into how antimatter behaves.

The launch did have its share of hassles.  First, researchers were alarmed by death threats from fearful observers who worried the device would generate huge black holes, despite reassurance from the world's top scientists that any tiny black holes that did arise would quickly evaporate.  Second, according to CERN officials, late last night the LHC was experiencing some "small electrical problems".

None of these issues could put a damper on the launch though and it continued on schedule.  It turned on at 9:30 AM CEST and at 9:49 AM the first beam of protons was fired through the first 3-km of the 27-km ring.  It took 48 seconds to generate the pulse. 

Firing ramped up and by 10:25 AM the proton beam was travelling the entire track.  The tests went quicker and had fewer issues than expected.  Counterclockwise beams are currently being tested.

CERN expects the LHC to be fully operation and unlocking the mysteries of the universe within a few months based on the strong initial testing.  After the counterclockwise tests, the next step will be to perform the first atom smashing later this month, colliding two proton beams together. 

Expect to hear much more news about the world's largest particle accelerator in the near future.

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and. . .
By LordDamion on 9/10/2008 8:47:50 AM , Rating: 5
the world didn't end.

RE: and. . .
By jtemplin on 9/10/2008 8:58:54 AM , Rating: 1
You just wait until they discover the world isn't flat. My creationist worldview will crumble...

RE: and. . .
By Blight AC on 9/10/2008 8:59:23 AM , Rating: 5
Well the didn't collide anything yet. They're just testing it right now, shooting stuff in each direction.

Just wait... hahaha... HAHAHAHAH... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

RE: and. . .
By Bender 123 on 9/10/2008 9:13:05 AM , Rating: 5
The Evil League of Evil has been watching with great interest, this may possibly create enough Wonderflonium to power infinite amounts of freeze rays and destroy Captain Hammer!

Then we can hold the world hostage for ...ONE...MILLION DOLLARS!!!

Sorry, just had to mix those two evil references...

RE: and. . .
By rollakid on 9/10/2008 9:17:47 AM , Rating: 3
Something WILL happen... Gordon Freeman spotted near the thing... I know something will happen... I just know it.. *paranoid*

(Googles "hardon collider gordon freeman" for those who don't get it)

RE: and. . .
By aegisofrime on 9/10/2008 9:31:55 AM , Rating: 5
And of course the funniest thing is that Gordon Freeman graduated from MIT with all the degrees and PhDs in the world and his job was to push a stupid cart into the beam.

RE: and. . .
By amdsupport on 9/10/2008 12:45:58 PM , Rating: 2
maybe he was a newhire.

RE: and. . .
By Ryanman on 9/10/2008 9:46:52 AM , Rating: 3
No, no, no, we all get it. Trust me. This joke's been rehashed countless times over and over again, not only in EVERY AT article but everywhere on the internet as well.

"Omg a resonance cascade from the LHC LOLOLOLOLOL"

RE: and. . .
By rtrski on 9/10/2008 10:48:46 AM , Rating: 3
RE: and. . .
By Bender 123 on 9/10/2008 9:50:39 AM , Rating: 5
(Googles "hardon collider gordon freeman" for those who don't get it)

I dont think I want to search for Gordon Freeman's hardon collider...That sounds like some sort of guy on guy thing and I just dont swing that way...

RE: and. . .
By teko on 9/10/2008 12:53:08 PM , Rating: 5
It's Hadron, not hardon.

The Large Hard-on Collider doesn't sound like a scientific machine...

RE: and. . .
By FITCamaro on 9/10/2008 1:42:38 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a gay porno.

RE: and. . .
By FaceMaster on 9/10/2008 8:39:43 PM , Rating: 2
oh REALLY I wouldn't have guessed

RE: and. . .
By derwin on 9/11/2008 10:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
(Googles "hardon collider gordon freeman" for those who don't get it)

was that some sort of freudian slip?

Hadron collider =/= HardOn collider.

RE: and. . .
By Mojo the Monkey on 9/10/2008 2:43:19 PM , Rating: 2
that's right; today isnt the day where anything WOULD have happened. the real smashing starts later this month, per the article. I don't even know why today was even publicized; its a glorified warm-up period.

RE: and. . .
By NicePants42 on 9/10/2008 9:04:54 AM , Rating: 5
Of course it didn't, don't be silly. The world-eating black holes won't spawn until they actually start smashing atoms, so we've got at least a week or two yet before everyone needs to worry about millions of extremely low-orbit black holes wreaking untold destruction and eventually eliminating any physical traces of our solar system.

People need to relax.

RE: and. . .
By hrishi2das on 9/10/2008 9:11:54 AM , Rating: 3
Don't worry, all we need is an anti-black hole creator which will annihilate all the created black holes.

Don't you guys watch Eureka ?

RE: and. . .
By FITCamaro on 9/10/2008 1:43:03 PM , Rating: 2
Love that show.

RE: and. . .
By Shadowself on 9/10/2008 9:45:51 AM , Rating: 2
They're *not* smashing atoms, just protons.

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven is an atom smasher.

RE: and. . .
By timmyeatchips on 9/10/2008 10:13:22 AM , Rating: 3
Well, protons are hydrogen ions =)

They're also going to use the LHC to collide lead nuclei.

RE: and. . .
By Oregonian2 on 9/10/2008 3:21:13 PM , Rating: 2
People need to relax.

I predict that at the end of the month when things start to get serious that we will NOT be reading resulting reports on how black holes were generated that did away with the earth. I'll put my reputation on the line right now that we won't be reading any reputable reports about any such happenings.

RE: and. . .
By mindless1 on 9/11/2008 4:58:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure that if black holes did away with the earth, the most important thing on everyone's mind would be your reputation. Not that it's going to happen of course but the logic of reading resulting reports once the earth has been done away with is only a brief luxury a few on the ISS would have.

RE: and. . .
By johnadams on 9/10/2008 9:34:00 AM , Rating: 2
They've not done the collision yet, only a full run of the proton through the LHC.

The proton collision will be done in October, so skeptics still got one more month to worry themselves to death.

I hope no one does something stupid like blow up the LHC in the name of humanity/religion/etc.

RE: and. . .
By Dreifort on 9/10/2008 12:43:31 PM , Rating: 3
someone will set a bomb off in the name of the great Obama, then the media will blame it on George W. for not having enough protection on forgeign soil and then as head crabs start appearing, Obama will make a statement that a crab with lipstick on it is still just a crab and then he will scream "enough" and all the crabs will listen to him.

oh, then Cheaney will shoot one of the crabs and Obama will lose his cool and eurpt with personal anger and start eating ppl in Washington...

RE: and. . .
By FITCamaro on 9/10/2008 1:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
Well I thought it was funny.

RE: and. . .
By gamerk2 on 9/10/2008 9:57:08 AM , Rating: 2
I live in Brookhaven (LI, NY) where we have the little brother of the hadron collider. 5 Years and nothing has happened here yet...

RE: and. . .
By Mithan on 9/10/08, Rating: 0
RE: and. . .
By austinag on 9/10/2008 11:16:04 AM , Rating: 5
Go to this link: http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldy...
It really discusses this topic in an informative way.

RE: and. . .
By Chris Simmo on 9/10/2008 11:22:53 PM , Rating: 2
If it does make a black hole, I'm pretty sure we won't know about it, mostly cause the earth would be gone pretty quick (in reletive time). But if you think about the power requirments to form a black hole.....well a giant star, most of them don't end up even forming blackholes. A few million or so atoms smashing together even at the same time I doubt would be able to form something dense enough to even hurt the local area around it

RE: and. . .
By Josett on 9/11/2008 9:43:16 AM , Rating: 2
Prove it.

We are all gonna die...................
By judasmachine on 9/10/2008 8:47:58 AM , Rating: 2
Oh wait, it is virtually impossible. It's probably far more likely that we have an accidental ICBM launch that turns into WWIII.

RE: We are all gonna die...................
By awer26 on 9/10/2008 9:37:55 AM , Rating: 3
Wow, I feel much better now! Thanks resident LHC expert.


RE: We are all gonna die...................
By Adonlude on 9/10/2008 1:18:15 PM , Rating: 3
We are venturing into unknown territory with forces we don't truly understand. No one can totally, absolutely, undoubtedly say for sure that it is safe which is always a bit scary.

We as humans constantly try to wrap our little minds around this massive universe with so many theories that almost work except for this little thing or that group of things but none of them seem to work for everything. We fill in many gaps through trial and error but big trials can lead to big errors. It is not a rediculous notion that we could experiment ourselves to death.

By Spuke on 9/10/2008 5:13:36 PM , Rating: 2
It is not a rediculous notion that we could experiment ourselves to death.
I think it'll be more likely that we'll die from soybean poisoning than from tiny black holes.

By Pavelyoung on 9/10/2008 10:19:44 PM , Rating: 2
Oh come on!, they know the risks and they know basically what will happen. The power required to make a black hole is substatially higher than what they are using.

The LHC is no threat at all. The only thing that might come from the experiments are confirmation of the BH particle. If we are lucky, like Dr. Michio Kaku says, we will get our first glimps of hyper space.

B movie answer...
By diazsraul on 9/10/2008 9:28:52 AM , Rating: 2
If they did create a black hole then all they need to do to make it go away is reverse the polarity of the LHC.

RE: B movie answer...
By Aeonic on 9/10/2008 11:42:53 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah, except it has one of those plugs where one side is bigger than the other.

RE: B movie answer...
By Dreifort on 9/10/2008 12:45:27 PM , Rating: 3
richard simmons has asked if he can have a little black hole if they have any extra.... something about putting it into a diet pill and selling it...

Better than expected?
By c4v3man on 9/10/2008 11:14:41 AM , Rating: 2
If the tests went "better than expected", and nothing bad happened, does that mean that they "expected" something bad to happen?

RE: Better than expected?
By Josett on 9/10/2008 12:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, like a blackout... or running out of 'veuve clicot'...

RE: Better than expected?
By Josett on 9/10/2008 1:19:13 PM , Rating: 2
(well, excuse my french: it's 'clicquot', 'veuve clicquot'... <hisss...>)

A note from Scorpius
By Schadenfroh on 9/10/2008 9:19:56 AM , Rating: 5
Engage the wormhole weapon, John Crichton be damned!

By aegisofrime on 9/10/08, Rating: 0
RE: Grammer...
By FITCamaro on 9/10/2008 1:47:35 PM , Rating: 5

You spelled "grammar" wrong.

By fictisiousname on 9/10/2008 10:07:55 AM , Rating: 5
the Illudiom "Pew36" Explosive Space Modulator"

hang on...
By Oroka on 9/10/2008 9:44:19 AM , Rating: 1
If some how things went horribly wrong and a black hole was created... the Earth would have been quickly sucked in and everyone would have been a thin layer on this black hole's surface, would the death threats have really mattered?

RE: hang on...
By DaveLessnau on 9/10/2008 10:19:38 AM , Rating: 2
It wouldn't be "quickly." If they did manage to create little black holes, they'd be atomic-sized. That sized event horizon wouldn't be able to suck down matter very quickly. Instead, they'd just orbit through the Earth slowly sucking up matter. At that size, they might also just evaporate into a wee tad flash o' gamma radiation (Hulk, hulk).

Not quite
By Kamasutra on 9/10/2008 3:51:04 PM , Rating: 3
"the next step will be to perform the first atom smashing later this month"

The proton beams won't be collided until later next month -- October 21 to be precise.

By piroroadkill on 9/10/2008 8:59:26 AM , Rating: 2
"colliding to proton beams together."

clearly colliding two

By xlmussel on 9/10/2008 1:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
and so he say to me "super collider?" and I said "no, I just met her"

-Robot comedian from Futurama

9Billion for what?
By shin0bi272 on 9/10/2008 10:38:21 PM , Rating: 2
I can promise you anything for 9 billion dollars and have very little actual results too. Wheres mah money?!

Who you gonna call?
By stlrenegade on 9/11/2008 3:23:57 PM , Rating: 2
After the counterclockwise tests, the next step will be to perform the first atom smashing later this month, colliding two proton beams together.

Didn't "Ghostbusters" teach us not to cross the streams? Wouldn't colliding them be just as bad?

I'm Prepared
By bribud on 9/11/2008 6:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
I think I'm prepared. I got through the Half-Life games and not to mention Quake IV. Now where did I stash my BFG...

Thrice Upon a Time
By docinct on 9/13/2008 4:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
This 1980 work of science fiction by James Hogan is interesting for two reasons:
a fusion reactor that creates micro black holes when turned on (which results in all sorts of problems) and a machine to send messages back in time. There is a group of physicists who are seriously investigating sending messages back in time to warn of future problems.
It's a good read too.

The End of the World?
By SRoode on 9/10/2008 7:28:08 PM , Rating: 1
Will this machine cause the end of the world? Probably not.

But when the portals in space start opening, you will finally know for a fact that the cake is a lie...

Which is the worse fate?

"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins

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