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Today on the LHC's 17-mile long track on the Franco-Swiss border, researchers powered up the particle collider to a combined energy of 7 TeV, an incredible amount of power not seen packed into single particles since our universe's early days.  (Source: Mark Dowe's Journal)

Renowned British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking surveys the LHC. It will take physicists like Hawking years of research to use the data collected at the LHC to unlock the secrets of the universe.  (Source: CERN)
Collider is operating at unbelievable levels of power

There's an enormous amount of energy inside a single atom.  Unleashing this energy has flattened cities and today provides 20 percent of our nation's power.  But what if you could pack even more energy into a single proton, one of the positively charged particles that makes up the atom's nucleus?

That's what researchers at CERN have done with their Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  The LHC accelerates protons with energies above 1 TeV -- equivalent to taking the energy from the 10
23to 1024 atoms in a mosquito and putting it all in a single proton.

Now the LHC is powering up even more in preparation to unlock some of the universe's most puzzling mysteries.  

The LHC first activated in September of 2008, but the ecstasy of the scientific community quickly turned to agony when an expensive malfunction lead to over a year of repairs.  Last August those repairs wrapped up and in November the accelerator was brought back online.  On November 30, 2009 it set the world record for particle collision energy, smashing together two proton beams with energies of 1.18 TeV, for a combined collision of 2.36 TeV.

Today researchers at the LHC have tripled that collision energy, powering the beams up to 3.5 TeV each for a combined power of 7 TeV.  That much energy has not been seen in particles since the days of the Big Bang -- the dawn of our universe. 

Even with the repairs, this was a daunting task, worthy of some of the world's brightest minds.  States CERN’s Director for Accelerators and Technology, Steve Myers, "With two beams at 3.5 TeV, we’re on the verge of launching the LHC physics programme. But we’ve still got a lot of work to do before collisions. Just lining the beams up is a challenge in itself: it’s a bit like firing needles across the Atlantic and getting them to collide half way."

CERN Director General Rolf Heuer cautioned, "The LHC is not a turnkey machine. The machine is working well, but we’re still very much in a commissioning phase and we have to recognize that the first attempt to collide is precisely that. It may take hours or even days to get collisions."

However, the researchers' persistence paid off.  The collisions started at 8:30 CEST and by 13:06 CEST they achieved the world's first 7 TeV collision.

Where does dark energy come from?   Are the forces of the universe all manifestations of a single unified force? 

The LHC's high energy collisions may eventually answer some of these questions.  However, it will take years of analysis for physicists to put them in context.  They are already working on the over 1 million collisions recorded at the LHC in 2009.  Data from these collisions has been spread out across a computer grid, after being collected by the LHC's sensor packages -- ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb.  

Among the researchers' first priorities is to "re-discover" known Standard Model particles, such as electrons, photons, and quarks.  Then they can turn their attention to the hunt for exotic particles like the theorized Higgs boson, nicknamed the "God Particle" by some in research community.

A webcast of the day's events is available to the general public here.

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By Iridium130m on 3/30/2010 9:54:11 AM , Rating: 2
the solar system did not get consumed by a giant man made black hole generated from Earth as what was believed by all of the mentalists.

By porkpie on 3/30/2010 10:18:51 AM , Rating: 4
You have the quack theory wrong. It was that collisions would generate microscopic black holes which would fall to the earth's interior and, in a few months or years, eat enough mass to destroy the planet.

By Iridium130m on 3/30/2010 10:22:43 AM , Rating: 5
uh oh, so the timer has started...the Mayan calendar is true and the movie producers have it all right! Why does the REM song come to mind? ;)

By PrinceGaz on 3/30/2010 11:03:58 AM , Rating: 2
We're all going to die!!!

By Mitch101 on 3/30/2010 12:40:33 PM , Rating: 3
I've never been so scared. But at least I have a wife.

By Sazar on 3/30/2010 4:53:02 PM , Rating: 2

By Donkeyshins on 3/30/2010 4:57:48 PM , Rating: 2
Pure win for the 'Airplane' reference!

By asliarun on 3/30/2010 11:20:36 AM , Rating: 5
Everybody hertz?

By robbase29a on 3/30/2010 12:13:29 PM , Rating: 1
ohm my god, that was retarded.

By xler8r on 3/30/2010 10:23:49 AM , Rating: 5
As long as the headcrabs dont start dropping from the ceiling vents, im good :p
Otherwise, just call the Freemannnnn

By Omega215D on 3/30/2010 10:45:28 AM , Rating: 4
Wake up. Wake up and smell the ashes...

By therealnickdanger on 3/30/2010 11:13:41 AM , Rating: 1
You just inspired me to replay the entire HL series when I get home tonight. Thank you.

By xler8r on 3/30/2010 11:17:56 AM , Rating: 3
I know what you mean. I was just about ready to look up for some episode3 trailers and then remembered all I would mainly see is Rick Astley.....

Obligatory quote
By keitaro on 3/30/2010 9:12:53 AM , Rating: 3

RE: Obligatory quote
By Anoxanmore on 3/30/2010 9:46:47 AM , Rating: 3
Full quote DBZ Ep 21:
Nappa: "Vegeta, what does the scouter say about his power level?"
Vegeta: "It's over NINE THOUSAAAAAAAND!"

RE: Obligatory quote
By clovell on 3/30/2010 12:34:31 PM , Rating: 2
*scouter breaks*

RE: Obligatory quote
By Makaveli on 3/30/2010 1:33:19 PM , Rating: 2
DBZ Episode 81 Explosion of Anger

SSJ Goku:You can destroy planets, but you can never destroy what I am friend.
Freiza:You.. What are you
SSJ Goku: "I am the hope of the universe, I am the answer of all living things that cry out for peace. I am protector of the innocent, I am truth"
SSJ Goku: "Ally to good nightmare to you"

RE: Obligatory quote
By Anoxanmore on 3/30/2010 2:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
Hats off to you sir, you have out nerded me. :)

RE: Obligatory quote
By Silver2k7 on 3/30/2010 4:32:53 PM , Rating: 2
Ehm is this picture of SSJ4 :) ?

RE: Obligatory quote
By Silver2k7 on 3/30/2010 4:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
wish they would continue the dragonball shows or make a new one after DB GT.

This remastering and now re-releasing DBZ with less material.. aka DB Kai.. c'mmon make some new materiel ;)

RE: Obligatory quote
By morphologia on 3/30/2010 5:00:18 PM , Rating: 2

It's the Kaioken.

RE: Obligatory quote
By Blood1 on 3/30/2010 1:19:26 PM , Rating: 2
Dam it.. I was racing to see if anyone posted this.. .but you beat me to it...

RE: Obligatory quote
By Zerovoltage on 4/1/2010 1:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
Today researchers at the LHC have tripled that collision energy, powering the beams up to 3.5 TeV each for a combined power of 7 TeV.

If they go any higher with the Kaio-ken King Ki is going to be pissed.

Steven Hawkins Pic
By ireader1 on 3/30/2010 9:28:35 AM , Rating: 4
Does he really need a hard hat??? HAHAHHAHA

RE: Steven Hawkins Pic
By xler8r on 3/30/2010 10:15:11 AM , Rating: 2
Your a bad man.... but yes i laughed, lol

RE: Steven Hawkins Pic
By freeagle on 3/30/2010 10:19:10 AM , Rating: 5
His body may by twisted in various ways, but his brain is not. And I think that one part is worth protecting

RE: Steven Hawkins Pic
By Etern205 on 3/30/2010 11:32:53 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, that's why he should do what Jeremy Clarkson did. :P

RE: Steven Hawkins Pic
By freeagle on 3/30/2010 1:15:52 PM , Rating: 2

( no DT, this post is not a spam... )

RE: Steven Hawkins Pic
By Pirks on 3/30/2010 11:40:17 AM , Rating: 1
Whenever I read any of the books by Stanislaw Lem, about people of the very distant future ("Fiasco" is the best example) I always realize that one of those guys from the future is among us. Probably other scientists too, but Hawking is one of the most noticeable. I guess Lem was actually working with those people, meeting them or communicating with them 'cause so many of his literary heroes remind me of Hawking. People that defy the fate and blaze new trails in the Universe.

Humanity as a whole may only survive because people like Hawking exist. (Not to ignore other scientists of course! just saying)

No people like Hawking ==>> forget about traveling outside of the Solar system. Ever.

RE: Steven Hawkins Pic
By krichmond on 3/30/2010 10:27:35 AM , Rating: 2
Ha- thats good sh!t

Poor Research
By Odysseus145 on 3/30/2010 2:33:27 PM , Rating: 5
"Today researchers at the LHC have tripled that collision energy, powering the beams up to 3.5 TeV each for a combined power of 7 TeV. That much energy has not been seen in particles since the days of the Big Bang -- the dawn of our universe. "

Nice try at sensationalism, but please research these things a little more. Cosmic rays, which bombard the planet 24/7, regularly exceed these energies by many orders of magnitude.

RE: Poor Research
By aharris on 3/30/2010 5:16:28 PM , Rating: 3
1) Be Jason Mick
2) Post sensationalism-filled article
3) ?????
4) Profit!

By Dragen on 3/30/2010 11:10:11 AM , Rating: 2
THE LHC. Is that bad?

By WayneG on 3/30/2010 3:16:28 PM , Rating: 1
You accidentally what?

By overzealot on 3/31/2010 10:00:39 AM , Rating: 2
All your base.

By v3rt1g0 on 3/31/2010 1:10:44 PM , Rating: 2
The whole thing?

By bjacobson on 3/30/2010 10:15:24 AM , Rating: 1

But is it over 9000?

RE: power
By PrinceGaz on 3/30/2010 11:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
More to the point, is it over 1.21 jigawatts?

RE: power
By Sazar on 3/30/2010 4:55:36 PM , Rating: 2
Who the heck would vote you down :D

That's by far the most appropriate comment in this thread, given the thread image :)

Obi-Wan never told you...
By geddarkstorm on 3/30/2010 12:59:39 PM , Rating: 3
Are the forces of the universe all manifestations of a single unified force?

It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.


RE: Obi-Wan never told you...
By JediJeb on 3/31/2010 1:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.” Master Yoda

By UppityMatt on 3/30/2010 9:23:00 AM , Rating: 3
anyone else think this line is a bit confusing?

The collisions started at 8:30 a.m. and by 13:06 CEST they achieved the world's first 7 TeV collision.

Why wouldn't you state the time zone first and then the ending time...just confusing i think.

By seraphim1982 on 3/30/10, Rating: -1
RE: Power!!!
By MozeeToby on 3/30/2010 9:47:58 AM , Rating: 5
Irish!? For shame! Scotty is clearly Scottish thereby giving his nickname a nice double meaning.

RE: Power!!!
By ClownPuncher on 3/30/2010 1:12:47 PM , Rating: 2
Add heaps more class too. If Scotty was Irish, the show would have degenerated into a drunken brawl with a splash of potato consumption.

RE: Power!!!
By FITCamaro on 3/30/2010 11:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
What you think Shatner was sober for all those episodes?

RE: Power!!!
By ClownPuncher on 3/31/2010 7:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
Not while he was drowning his wife!

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