Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cern Atom Smasher Shut Down...because it could end the world?

A long time back I post a video from National Geographic that pondered whether the Hadron Collider would accidentally create a black hole and destroy the earth. As you may have noticed, it didn't.

But it was only running at about half power, and it's coming back around March of 2015 at twice the energy. Will the following happen this...?

UPI: Hadron Collider Shutdown: Physicists at CERN, the European nuclear research center, say they've shut off the particle beams of the Large Hadron Collider for a two-year repair period.

The colliderwill undergo repairs and upgrades that will allow it to be run at its full design energy for the first time, they said. The LHC has been operated at particle energies of 8 trillion electron-volts but when the upgrade is completed in late 2014 it should be capable of running at 14 trillion, creating the highest-energy collisions ever attempted by researchers. After testing when the collider is reactivated, experiments are set to resume in February or March 2015, CERN said.

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