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Large Hadron Collider restart delayed again

Pushed back until September
By: Sean Kalinich | Posted: Feb 11, 2009 1:31 pm

The Atom smashing LHC (Large Hadron Collider) has hit another delay and now will not restart until September of this year.

 

When the LHC when live back in September of 2008 there was talk that it would create miniature black holes, the end of the world, and rice pudding...ok so I made that last bit up. In reality no one seems to know exactly what will happen when they shoot beams of lead atoms into each other at speeds approaching the speed of light. Scientists at CERN hope to gain a better understanding of matter by observing the results of these collisions.

 

The LHC was put out of action shortly after its initial launch by an electrical malfunction in a cooling system. The malfunction caused a helium leak and required the system to be taken offline as all of the 53 magnets used needed cleaning and repairs.

 

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