Large Hadron Collider Breaks Record

Posted: Nov 30 2009, 12:17pm CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 5:56pm CDT, in News | Technology News

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Let's step away from smartphones and laptops and e-readers and other highly-temporal pieces of gadgetry for a minute. It's time to talk about one of the most impressive feats of engineering in human history; the Large Hadron Collider. Despite a rocky start the LHC is now colliding protons with the best of them. In fact, according to a series of tweets from CERN, the LHC is now the world's most powerful particle accelerator (ZDNet UK).

The LHC has just accelerated a proton beam at 1.18 tera-electron-volts. The eventual goal is to reach 3.5 TeV. It's possible this will happen by the new year, but we'll most likely have to wait until sometime in Q1 2010 for it to reach that point. The higher the rate of acceleration, the more exotic and dynamic results the scientists will be able to monitor.

Mr. Higgs-Boson had better be ready to receive visitors. The LHC is getting a little closer to finding him every day. (Presuming he exist.)

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