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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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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.

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