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Large Hadron Collider ready to restart

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) says it expects to restart the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) by this weekend after more than a year of repairs. The 27 km (17 mi) particle accelerator was launched last year, but suffered a failure from a faulty electrical connection, damaging 53 of the smasher's 9,300 superconducting magnets. Repairs are now completed, and the plan is to begin injecting protons into the LHC this weekend, on the path to search for particles such as predicted-yet-unobserved Higgs Boson. Collected below are some photographs of the repairs, and of the LHC and some of its experiments in various stages of construction. (30 photos total)

Combining two major ATLAS inner detector components. The semiconductor tracker is inserted into the transition radiation tracker for the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. These make up two of the three major components of the inner detector. They will work together to measure the trajectories produced in the proton-proton collisions at the centre of the detector when the LHC is switched on. Photo taken on February 22nd, 2006. (Maximilien Brice, © CERN)
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278 comments so far...

awesome as always!

Posted by Anonymous November 20, 09 01:17 PM

Those pictures give me the willies.

-Dr. Gordon Freeman

Posted by JC November 20, 09 01:20 PM

É impressionante o tamanho desta obra e sua complexidade.
Fora do comum!

Posted by Gabriel Wagner Hugenthobler November 20, 09 01:26 PM

Ongelofelijk, het ziet er allemaal erg technisch en ingewikkeld uit.

Posted by Mulder November 20, 09 01:26 PM

Cross your fingers!!!

Posted by Trev. D November 20, 09 01:30 PM

i have no idea what this thing does... but i want one.

Posted by s_toronto November 20, 09 01:35 PM

I hope they have Gordon Freeman on the job
otherwise we are screwed!

Posted by crowbar November 20, 09 01:37 PM

Half-life ?

Posted by Martijn November 20, 09 01:38 PM

Watch CERN's amazing videos on YouTube!

Posted by Shii November 20, 09 01:44 PM

it's crazy what humans can dream up and build. The complexity of the LHC is mind-boggling... and that's just by looking at these photos. Imagine, designing and building it.

I worked for an architecture company and it's amazing how detailed and complicated the floor plans + electrical + plumbing plans are...

Posted by ser November 20, 09 01:45 PM

Could Dr. Evil be behind this? Those guys look an awful lot like his Evil Henchmen.

Posted by sara November 20, 09 01:45 PM

Another huge waste of money when people do not have enough or anything to eat!

Posted by Pastor Keith November 20, 09 01:46 PM

I can help the guy @ #28 to attach those cables. :D

Posted by RB November 20, 09 01:46 PM

Amazing .... Science and Human are Amazing ...

Posted by Paul Dubois November 20, 09 01:49 PM

I don't know what it does, but I love the rumor that time travelling saboteurs are responsible for all the trouble it's been having!

Posted by Nick November 20, 09 01:52 PM

@Pastor Keith -- words cannot describe how mistaken an impression that is.

Posted by Jim November 20, 09 02:01 PM
Posted by thesnazdotcom November 20, 09 02:06 PM

@Pastor Keith

The unstated major premise of your comment is that if the LHC wasn't built, more people in the world would have adequate nutrition. Assuming there is enough food in the world to go around, hunger can only be eliminated by better distribution of food. The problems with food distribution are more political than financial. Hunger is clearly a pressing problem facing the world today, but cutting back on fundamental research probably won't help.

Posted by I <3 science November 20, 09 02:08 PM

#16 proves that my hours of Tetris may pay off someday...

Posted by Warren Pattison November 20, 09 02:08 PM

I do believe I read that they were using magnetic tapes to store that data....pic 12.... thats awesome!

Posted by Ben November 20, 09 02:14 PM

hope its all worth it

Posted by big dave November 20, 09 02:25 PM

30inch? Looks more like 3m.

Posted by Mugros November 20, 09 02:35 PM

#30 reminds me of some evil machine movie... I just can't put my finger on it. Tron? 2001? I'm not sure. This thing is just crazy awesome. Can't wait to see how it wrecks itself this time... crazy time travelling saboteurs.

Posted by Darth Curt November 20, 09 02:39 PM

I love they powdercoated everything blue and green. So much prettier that way.

Posted by Wes November 20, 09 02:44 PM

such a fantastic piece of art...

Posted by Weingro November 20, 09 02:45 PM

Of course it's all worth it! We couldn't be spending enough on this baby, let's get her up and running already! I'm so stoked for the series of events that unfolds from here.

We find that elusive Higgs particle, defend ourselves from the onslaught of the time traveling natural order of things (this will probably take a lot of guns), discover how to imbue elementary particles with matter, establish a new world order based on the God-like abilities we gain from the knowledge, and colonize the galaxy, forcing whatever intelligent life we find to buckle to their knees in servitude to us, the self appointed supreme rulers of the Universe.

Posted by Aladdin November 20, 09 02:46 PM

To think that the World Wide Web is a side project of this... thing. The whole WWW, just because they needed a way to store documents for the design of this machine. The mind boggles.

Posted by Kroc Camen November 20, 09 02:51 PM

"... a faulty electrical connection between two of the accelerator's magnets caused a large helium leak, which violently vented 6 tons of helium into the tunnel. The resulting temperature rise damaged some 53 magnets"

faulty conection 2 magnets = 6 tons of helium = 53 magnets off.

Please do a check this time...if a little error can cause this...

Posted by Berta November 20, 09 02:52 PM

@ I thank you for answering that in such a thorough and unagitated way. i could not have said it better.

Posted by some visitor November 20, 09 02:53 PM

Nice to see some scientists that are well funded. I'm in biomedical research and these physicists would laugh at the amount of money we get. This thing better work, if it doesn't, they could strip it out and make a cool underground racetrack!

Posted by Randl November 20, 09 02:58 PM

Humanity has come a long ways. I hope aliens would visit us soon so we have someone to show off to. haha

Posted by alcyone November 20, 09 03:00 PM

To Alan Taylor--
It's just amazing to me the variety of topics you come up with for The Big Picture (three times a week no less!) You truly have a creative, inquiring mind that sees possibilities and connections others don't. Keep up the great work!

Posted by Kerry November 20, 09 03:13 PM

Billions of tax euros went into building that thing. I don't know who this Higgs chick is, but she better have some really really nice cans.

Posted by J November 20, 09 03:20 PM

I wounder what would happen if i disconnected just one cable....

Posted by Mike November 20, 09 03:27 PM

TYPO on #3 caption:
On September 19th, 2008, as he LHC was being switched on

'he LHC' => 'the LHC'

Posted by accipitradea November 20, 09 03:35 PM

#20 looks tough, but you know he's a total nerd.

I am so turned on by the LHC... I dunno why, it's like geek-porn (and it so happens to be one letter from sexual innuendo.)

Posted by Kevin November 20, 09 03:36 PM

The human touch in 13!!

Great series, as allways indeed.

Posted by Jacko Morren November 20, 09 03:45 PM

picture number 18: "warning, depression ahead"

Posted by acme November 20, 09 03:53 PM

Cant believe they're using imbus instead of torx @21. Amateurs.

Posted by anon November 20, 09 03:59 PM

the end is near. you friggin idiots.

Posted by ryan November 20, 09 04:04 PM

I hope they are successful this time.

Posted by suri November 20, 09 04:07 PM

Great to see Europe leading the way in Science and Technology!

Posted by Quatguy November 20, 09 04:19 PM

Cool, but does it turn into an Autobot or Decepticon?

Posted by Anonymous November 20, 09 04:21 PM

Emergency signs on #27

2617m on way
767 m other way

Better run fast!

Posted by Olivier November 20, 09 04:33 PM

I wonder how many people they could have fed and sheltered with all the money expunged into this project.

Posted by Anonymous November 20, 09 05:26 PM

Yet again, by far the most valuable thing the mainstream media produces are these photos.

congrats guys, you win.

Posted by Ed November 20, 09 05:37 PM

So why couldn't they have used locations like #20 and #30 for the Star Trek film? Much better "engine room" sets than the inside of a brewery... (grin)

Posted by Michael Long November 20, 09 05:39 PM

God, be warned.

Posted by silent_rat November 20, 09 05:44 PM

"Huge" has lost meaning here. 6 tons of helium lost? I do wonder when this machine will become obsolete, and whether the investment will be justified in the end. It does seem like a terrible bias for the very large. I'd have more confidence seeing women repairing those spaghetti wires: they have a better accuracy rate in some industrial manufacturing.

'Guess the American team didn't beat them to the punch this year, or we'd have heard about it already (Cern was afraid they'd lose a major discovery due to their accident.)

Posted by St Paul November 20, 09 05:47 PM

Comment #27 by Kroc Camen: "To think that the World Wide Web is a side project of this... thing. The whole WWW, just because they needed a way to store documents for the design of this machine. The mind boggles."

What are you talking about?.... The WWW is not a "side project" of the LHC. The WWW is WAY older than the LHC, and it's (WWW) design was not influenced or directed as a way to create a storehouse for LHC data. Per the Wikipedia article: "The LHC Computing Grid is being constructed to handle the massive amounts of data produced (by the LHC experiments)".

It's true... data from the LHC will eventually make its way onto the WWW.. but thats not why the WWW was invented/created.

Posted by Jason November 20, 09 05:49 PM

upon closer examination of the pictures, you can clearly see a toroidal magnet configuration in Section 6 where the beam dump presumably splits the L3 magnet guide between the Compact Muon Solenoid and the tracker barrel. This could lead to improper calorimeter readings. I would recommend installing at least three layers of duct tape around the tracker barrel to fix the problem. Some bailing wire or a string of garbage bag twisties might also suffice. :)

Posted by David T November 20, 09 05:51 PM

Is it just me, or is there a reflection of a face in the center of pic #21. It's sideways...and weird.

Posted by CQ November 20, 09 05:55 PM

Something about #24 reminds me of Stargate. Could that explain the time traveling pests everyone is talking about?

Posted by Nic November 20, 09 05:56 PM

wonderfull pictures, thanks!!

Posted by jfjjf November 20, 09 06:03 PM

Bang Baby, BANG!!!

Posted by Paul G.Gyurancsik November 20, 09 06:05 PM

awesome photos.

Posted by Nick Sushkevich November 20, 09 06:37 PM

i have no idea what this thing does,I'm so Amazing bye the looks of this thing . ,it's crazy.

Posted by m j andrade November 20, 09 06:48 PM

What are we looking for?

Posted by Anonymous November 20, 09 07:04 PM

Its very shocking to see that this collider is being set up again!! Last year when it was, it was and caused lots of news bc CERN said that it could end civilization and create a black hole. I AM SHOCKED that the world is approving this and seems so careless this time around. NO ONE has said anything this time of the harmful effects that this can cause. EVERYONE needs to know and everyone should have a vote on if CERN should be operating such a destructive machine that can easily destroy the world!!!! Please do something about this!!! Please call CERN, do something before something catastrophic happens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Visitor November 20, 09 07:11 PM

Yeah... for me, I just don't understand why so much money is spent on these kind of projects...

It's not to save life with a advanced medical search, it's not to find a new solution to replace gazoil, it's nothing important to help people. Isn't it?

Ok , it may better our knowledges about the source of the universe, but is that more useful than helping unfortunate people to find solutions?

It is juste a feeling, because I don't really understand the goal of this experiment. Maybe it's more humanitary than I think, but I guess it isn't...

Posted by bb November 20, 09 07:23 PM


Posted by ech November 20, 09 07:29 PM

Yes, but can it be solar powered? ;-)

Posted by bitsandbytes November 20, 09 08:08 PM

Incredible photos. The mind boggles at how huge a machine we need to try and find what might be the smallest things in existence.

Physics is sexy.

Posted by K Swiss November 20, 09 08:44 PM

The LHC might be the most amazing piece of engineering and physics ever constructed. You can't put a price on this sort of science. Those who question the money spent will no doubt take the eventual results of this research for granted.

Posted by irishmcbride November 20, 09 08:59 PM

Where can I buy one of this beauties. ??
Are this things expensive? Not all people in my town had a decent lunch today, what is first, feed all or find the predicted-yet-unobserved Higgs Boson particle?
Silly question?

Posted by Alberto November 20, 09 09:26 PM

CERN in music :
There is no better video to understand the LHC !

Posted by TeChn4K November 20, 09 09:30 PM

The LHC cameras can capture 6.1 million images per second, with a shutter speed of 1/440 trillionths of a second.

Man, I wonder how much storage that's going to require over a year of smashed atoms!

As for the complaints about starving people, we could feed all the people in the world with the money spent on food at football (soccer) games. How bout that?

Posted by Eric November 20, 09 09:34 PM

What if this becomes unstable?!
I don't want to die!
I think they should have done this somewhere else (e.g: Moon or outer space!:))

Posted by Anonymous November 20, 09 09:39 PM

1. I got quite a chuckle @ #3 when it said that 6 tons of helium vented into the tunnel. I just imagined the scientists and workers talking in really high voices as they tried to figure out what went wrong.

2. The pictures are beautiful, without a doubt. Really well done and wonderfully composed. Bravo to the photographer(s).

3. This thing, the LHC, actually worries me a fair bit. Not only is it so big and and potentially dangerous to work with, the result of colliding protons together may result in something disastrous. I'm pushing the extremes here and I admit I don't know much about how it works or the goals they have in mind, but I have heard many rumors about it such as creating black holes that can't be shrunk, changing the polarity of the planet, deadly energy which will enhance global warming and destroy the atmosphere that protects us from solar flares. If anyone would care to enlighten me further, I think that there are some things in science mankind should stay away from meddling with.

Posted by Concerned November 20, 09 09:40 PM

We're all gonna die! No really, we are.

Posted by Jonathan November 20, 09 09:49 PM

I like the contrast between the bicycle, and the most complex and expensive machine ever built, in #2.

Posted by Axeman89 November 20, 09 09:51 PM

"You Seek The Knowledge Of The Gods, Yet Have The Wisdom Of Little Children".....Ishi

Posted by Chewing Gum and Doorknobs November 20, 09 10:04 PM

Reminds me of "The Quiet Earth" very careful.

Posted by djpboston November 20, 09 10:06 PM

Cutting edge now like the first computer.
Hard to imagine the potential in even 20 years.

Good luck, hope you find something mindblowing for us all!

Posted by Christopher November 20, 09 10:19 PM

@ Pastor Keith:
And yet you're on your computer, on your internet...why are you wasting money on that? Do you drive a car? Why did you waste money on a car when you could easily use public transportation or a bike and have donated the surplus towards ending world hunger? For that matter, why aren't you in the field actually doing something useful and helping make people's lives better instead of bitching about the LHC, which will vastly increase our understanding of the universe?

Posted by TaylorM November 20, 09 10:36 PM

Can't wait! Too long!

We're going to find out (or not) some amazing stuff, the fabric of the universe continues to unveil before us!

And to those who insist on the world ending via a black hole... Come on guys, you know you are not very bright, no reason to show off.

Posted by Haplo November 20, 09 10:44 PM

Cant get enuf of this stuff
have a feeling it will do more than one thing
for the greater good of humanity... go go go .

Posted by Darshano November 20, 09 10:47 PM

Cool... "super collider" almost ready.... again... now I've forgotten... just "what" they are out to "prove or discover" !!

Posted by Hermitbiker November 20, 09 11:01 PM

Jeez! What a waste of money! Do you all have any idea how many Slurpee machines could have been produce3d and distributed for all that? Screw science, let's all have Slurpees!

Posted by Scott November 20, 09 11:42 PM

How much did this thing cost? Very cool Photos...

Posted by Ed Manning November 20, 09 11:48 PM

Actually, destroying two protons is creating a small hole in the fabric of space. It's a fact of science. It could create a black hole.

And accelerating two protons to collide into each other is exactly why this thing broke in the first place. Do you even know how much energy that releases?

Idiots. But a cool-looking machine nonetheless.

Posted by Brian November 20, 09 11:50 PM

There is already enough food for the people of the world. Politics and greed is stopping people from eating, not a lack of funds.

Research like this is absolutely vital. The more we understand about physics and particles and how to change them the closer we get to solving most of humanity's biggest issues. Technology we cannot currently imagine will result from the research and technology previously unimagined has developed in the course of its production.

Posted by Matt November 21, 09 12:28 AM

It's the end of the world and I feel fine!

Posted by Jonathan Bowen November 21, 09 12:33 AM

If the universe started with the 'Big Bang' and matter was created that expanded outwards... well it had to expand into a void that was already there..meaning that space is infinite and always was... or is it a bubble within more bubbles but was once a soap particle.
Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?
I still can't get my head around that one...

Space and time, this machine will call the shots...
Have CERN also worked on ZPE and Cold Fusion...
Is ET technology already in our hands.?.
Why is Asperges sufferer Gary McKinnon getting locked away..
Going to be an interesting weekend.
Mind boggling machine and photos.
Procession of the Equinoxes.
Worship the Sun...or nothing at all.
Egyptian.. Book of the dead.
Dust to dust.

Posted by Epander November 21, 09 12:39 AM

Unless they can create time travel or cure cancer with that thing, It's just a complete waste of Billions of Euro's. And then after spending all those Billions, it breaks down and still cost millions to repair. Talking about a Lemon! All that to find the "God" particle!? Really, supposing they fined this particle, then what? I'm all for scientific progress but that monstrosity is just wasteful spending when you consider the number of more pressing issues that needs attention.
All those Billions spent would have been better use to find alternative fuel, cure for diseases, repair the environment and feed hungry people.
I wouldn't be surprise if they come across something that ends up destroying the planet.

Posted by Jon November 21, 09 01:25 AM

@Visitor (#59) and @Concerned (#69): the reactions in the LHC are the same a reactions that occur all the time the earth's upper atmosphere. If there was a chance that it would cause a black hole etc it would have already happened.

The LHC is a big complicated machine. But there is no wider risk to the earth.

@ those who say this is a waste of money: you have no sense of wonder for the universe. If all we were meant to do was eat and survive, then what's the point of anything? Projects like these are the greatest things to happen in our lifetime and will be remembered for millennia.

Theoretical physics has for a long time been far ahead of experimental physics. Most of our current theories are based on mathematical models and not enough real evidence. The LHC will restore the balance. It will confirm or contradict many theories of physics and greatly advance our knowledge of the universe.

I am glad just to be alive at this time.

Posted by david November 21, 09 01:25 AM

Comment #50 by Jason :

Please check your facts. See this post here you will learn something :

Posted by egan November 21, 09 01:37 AM

Pastor Keith has a right to his opinions and observations. He merely stated the obvious. Unfortunately, progress cost a lot of money and taken in context of todays frequent crisis from global warming, habitat destruction, and ever increasing population, it make you wonder if it is worthwhile to build something that cost billions with no guarantee of success or future application of said machinery. Lighten up people and just enjoy the pictures!

Posted by Peter M November 21, 09 01:41 AM

The matter of the Universe has organized itself sufficiently to understand itself. We are witnesses to an amazing property of particles, the strange and wonderful destiny of carbon and the other elements, cooked so long ago in stars; the bright spark that civilization has kindled from the darkness over these many eons. A machine that makes knowledge now lies beneath land where the campfires of ancient ancestors once burned. They would be proud of their great, great, . . . great grandchildren.
Best wishes for the CERN team. Let there be light!

Posted by Californian CERN fan November 21, 09 01:57 AM

Yo "Concerned", the Earth already changes polarity on a regular basis.

Posted by physicsowned November 21, 09 02:00 AM

I believe Einstein said "If I knew the consequence of splitting the atom, I would have been a watch maker"... Gee, I wonder if he really meant that?
Well, let's take another peak up Mother Nature's skirt... Yeah, that's a really good idea... Where's the RESPECT?!?!
Frankly, I'm amazed we're still around, let alone hungry...

Posted by Sam November 21, 09 02:04 AM

Totally perplexing !

Posted by David Ramirez November 21, 09 02:14 AM

Awesome. Max. Pics.
Almost manages to make this look like some piece of art and not just another creepy machine designed for esoteric purposes.
And those concerned about the black hole... The day this machine is up and running, tell the ladies at the bar that this is their last chance to get laid.. ;)

Posted by TechXav November 21, 09 02:28 AM

No need to worry! It's official: The world won't end until 2012.

Posted by Diego Ferrari Bruno November 21, 09 02:29 AM

Very interesting!

Posted by Dave November 21, 09 04:14 AM

The world spends hundreds of billions of dollars a year blowing each other up, yet spend 10 billion over 10 years advancing our knowledge of the world and its suddenly a big waste of money.
And to those saying this knowledge wont be helpful, that's the problem with all scientific research, you never know what applications, if any will arise. Yet imagine if a century ago they decided to not pursue research into quantum mechanics. The LHC is merely the next experiment in the line of research that gave us the transistor.

Posted by * November 21, 09 04:25 AM

If you think this is a waste of money, you probably wouldn't have approved of the basic research that led to the transistor, or the discovery of the electron, or countless medical advances, or genetically engineered crops that have saved billions from starvation.

We can't know ahead of time what technologies will emerge from pure research. This could lead to new forms of power generation that solve the world's energy crisis, or who knows what.

The only reason some people in the world aren't still starving is because of science and technology. If you want to cut down on something, how about the military budget? Science gets only a tiny fraction of what the military does.

Posted by TheInquisitor November 21, 09 04:30 AM

@ #50 Jason

The www was created by Tim Berners Lee from CERN. Though you are right, it wasn't exactly for LHC.

Posted by Alex November 21, 09 04:30 AM

That's impressive! Wow

Posted by andr983 November 21, 09 05:40 AM

Speecheless, so complex, so beautifull.

Posted by GP500 November 21, 09 05:44 AM

I once had the pleasure of a tour within the collider at Fermi Labs in IL - it's tiny by comparison but similar in its pursuit. The validation of physics theory with this new collider might even pay off for those pursuing better ways to feed the masses, for all we know. It's basic research and we cannot just give up and let it wait.

The fact that projects like this exist prompts generations of bright people to seek new ideas and new applications that change our very lives. As pointed out, the WWW started with work at CERN. And the fact that scientists in basic research collaborate to high degrees, performing pre-competitive projects is a bonus and should inspire us all.

Posted by amlcpamaine November 21, 09 06:03 AM

£19 billion UK NHS IT to put ICD-10 on a database
£6 billion for Hadron Collider
£200 billion world road traffic injury cost
£50 billion swine flu costs - one year on after the credit crunch, just before Xmas

24,000 kids, under 5 years, die each day from malnutrition and preventable diseases. And men still won't cover up. UNICEF 20 years CRC. Yesterday.

Just what are the Laws of the Universe?

Posted by edith hughes November 21, 09 06:13 AM

To everyone wondering how this could ever help people, remember that electricity was once just a cutting edge science experiment like this. Engineering (both of large scale products and of the tiniest details of small products) naturally follows discoveries in physics. As our understanding of a system or phenomenon deepens and becomes more complete, we are able to use it more and more (as well as in a safer and more efficient manner) in everyday applications. For anyone who thinks that the world is going to end by splitting a couple hadrons - you're completely out of your league. Go back and take high school physics again and this time pay attention when your man talks about mass change and energy release, as well as chain reactions (hadron decay is not one).
And to the people asking if this money could have instead been used to feed starving children. No, it would not have. It would have been spent on iPhones and laptops and mp3 players just like the rest of the money in the hands of that selfish and "others should help those who need it" spouting hypocrites.

Posted by EdinburghPHY November 21, 09 06:28 AM

Let me dispel some misinformed rumours about the LHC

1) The LHC will kill us all!

Don't believe rumours about potential black hole creation. The people throwing those ideas around are doing so because they heard someone else do so. They are on par with Glenn Beck's insinuations about the Government. They are baseless and used to incite fear. Do you honestly think the LHC would have been granted development approval if it had the potential to destroy the planet? If you're scared about this machine creating black holes, please direct your attention to the following website:

If you need more information, read the full report:

Claiming that the LHC will 'change the polarity of the planet' without any references to a report that shows a theoretical basis for the claim, or explaining how yourself, is a very unintelligent thing to do. You incite fear for no good reason, and show that you've just taken other falsified claims as unquestionable truth without researching it for yourself. Please use your head for just a few minutes and do some research before you make claims about the LHC doing something outlandish like causing all men to go bald.

2) The money spent on the LHC could have been spent on food.

The problem isn't as simple as that. You can't eat money. You can't take billions of dollars, go down to KFC and order fried chicken for everyone in Africa. The problem is, as mentioned before, about politics and logistics. There are too many people in the world to feed comfortably with all the food we have, and the distribution systems that we have. Same goes with water, it is simply impossible to find water sources in India to provide sustainable supplies for all, and it isn't feasible to transport water from other countries (politically and economically). We live in a competitive, capitalist world, unlike the socialist dreamland that this complaint assumes. World hunger isn't a simple problem to solve.

3) So why spend the money on LHC instead of medicine or something at least KIND OF good?

On first thoughts, finding Antimatter or a Higgs Boson isn't going to directly save anyone from Cancer, HIV or Cardiovascular Disease. Finding Antimatter or a Higgs Boson DOES improve our understanding of FUNDAMENTAL physics and chemistry. Anyone who has studied medicine, chemistry, or physics will understand the link between the three disciplines quite well, and will be aware that further understanding into the fundamentals of sub-atomic particles will allow us to better understand medicine, develop better diagnostic tools, and possibly lead to future breakthroughs in cures and treatments.

It is useful to think of the LHC as the bridge we must cross in order to move forward as a planet. The bridge itself is large, and daunting, and quite scary to those who haven't seen anything like it, but on the other side of the bridge is the most amazing, beautiful landscape you've ever seen.

Posted by Fresh Hair November 21, 09 06:28 AM

absolutly stunnig!

Posted by Heiko Wagner November 21, 09 06:32 AM

To everyone afraid of the LHC: throughout the history of our planet Earth, the natural universe has produced far greater collisions than mankind is capable of for a long while. The cosmic rays constantly bombarding us consist of all kinds of particles, including those used in the LHC and other colliders. Those hitting the Earth's atmosphere produce and have produced much higher energies than we'll see here and the only difference is that we have never had a close look at them. With the ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and other experiments at LHC we'll finally get that closer look and perhaps spot something new we have never seen with LHC's predecessors, if we look long and hard enough.

Whatever the results of the LHC are in the years to come, it will change fundamental research and improve our understanding of the universe, of which we are an insignificant part of. That is a grander goal than all the wars and the petty aims of rulers and fundamentalists ever have had.

Posted by Anonymous November 21, 09 06:38 AM

I can hardly believe some of the idiotic comments on this story.

For clarity, the end is NOT nigh and world hunger will NOT be defeated by abandoning scientific research, indeed we would be in a much, much worse state without the advances made in agricultural science, all of which came from pure research.
Only the Politicians cab solve the problem of allocating resources fairly, and only after WE demand it of them at the ballot box.

A better idea surely would be to divert funds from pointless, self-indulgent, delusional activities to help our fellows... how about religion?

Religions suck up vast amounts of time and resources in order to sustain themselves - I'd cheerfully swap that for more full bellies and happy lives around the world.

Posted by Neily Boy November 21, 09 07:00 AM

This thing isn't going to end the world. Haven't you seen the John Cusack movie, it is going to end when the Myan calender ends in 2012. Or wait, is it when the zombie apocalypse occurs when the super virus designed as a military weapon escapes the lab. Or when Skynet goes online when we achieve singularity and the robots rise and enslave us to be used as batteries to power the Matrix. Or when we need to get on the spaceship hiding behind the comet before the world ends, so we have to drink the poison in the Kool Aid to be free of our useless skin.

The only one thing I am sure of anymore is that people can be very, very stupid.

Posted by Mattyford November 21, 09 08:03 AM

Tons of money is spent on this thing because the people with the money decided they were going to spend it on this. If you want to spend billions of dollars feeding the poor, I suggest you figure out a way to be in charge of billions of dollars. First step: stop wasting your time whining on the Internet!

Posted by Charles Wood November 21, 09 08:51 AM

Wicked Pissah. Great pictures. I wonder if there were parts left over after the repair like when I work on things?

Posted by Anonymous November 21, 09 09:01 AM

This is for those who worry about the creation of black holes.

When I first heard that rumour the argument was that protons would be accellerated to such an enormous amount of kinetic energy that on collision they would melt together and form a tiny black hole. And as black holes swallow up everything around them, the argument goes, that is very dangerous. That is actually true of large black holes, a black hole with the mass of just a few protons doesn't produce the gravity needed to do that much damage, and according to theory a thing called Hawking radiation would make these tiny black holes evaporate, not grow larger.

But that is still just theory, the following may be more convincing.

The LHC can accelerate protons to a kinetic energy of 7 TeV (tera electron volts), or 7,000,000,000,000 eV. Electron volt (eV) is a unit of energy. The "Oh my God" particle is a cosmic particle observed in 1991, probably a proton too. Its energy was estimated at 3x10^20 (300,000,000,000,000,000,000) eV, which means a subatomic particle had the same kinetic energy as a baseball traveling at 60 mph, which is pretty impressive. There have been several observations like this.

So nature produces particles with over 40 million times as much energy as the LHC can produce. If the LHC could create dangerous black holes it would already have been done by nature long ago. As we all can see around us that did not happen, therefore we are safe.

Posted by Gerrit November 21, 09 09:04 AM

Caption to #29:
"Integration of the three shells into the ATLAS pixel barrel, the innermost tracking device of the CMS experiment."
ATLAS and CMS are two different experiments, I don't think an ATLAS pixel barrel will be part of the CMS experiment...

Posted by cpt_vimes November 21, 09 09:30 AM

Superb pictures !

I love you, : )

Posted by Sebastien Ruchet November 21, 09 09:42 AM

You think it is USB 2.0 compatible?

Posted by Dave November 21, 09 09:55 AM

@ Brian (#81)

You said:

"Actually, destroying two protons is creating a small hole in the fabric of space. It's a fact of science. It could create a black hole."

When a proton breaks up it produces a rich shower of its elementary particles and their secondary decay reactions. It doesn't just mysteriously vanish, although the following reactions are rather exotic compared to the interactions of macroscopic particles in our daily lives. The absence of a particle is not a hole in the fabric of space. It is no more a hole in space nor a black hole than if I crush a grain of sand with a hammer, reducing it to its constituent particles.

You also said:
"And accelerating two protons to collide into each other is exactly why this thing broke in the first place. Do you even know how much energy that releases?"

Your statement is incorrect. One of the superconducting connections between neighbouring segments of magnets lost superconductivity, leading to a quick rising of temperature, which resulted in an explosive eruption and loss of helium (which is used to cool the magnets near the absolute zero - very cold). It was a bad connection, not a proton beam collision that caused the breakdown.

In reply to your question, a proton-proton collision inside the LHC detectors will release the equivalent energy of seven mosquitoes flying and hitting a stationary wall, or 7 Teraelectronvolts, per particle. Lead nuclei will produce 574 TeV per nucleus, or the equivalent of a swarm of flying mosquitoes. They're only significant as they are concentrated to such a small area, with rather few particles in the particle beams participating in the collisions. Not the world-ending catastrophe you were expecting?

To imagine you then had the nerve of calling everyone else here "idiots"!

Posted by Anonymous November 21, 09 10:22 AM

Pastor Keith (Another huge waste of money when people do not have enough or anything to eat!):

I'll tell you what's a real waste of money: the tens of thousands of Churches that have been built and are still being built worldwide. The money spent employing the thousands of people in those churches and for their upkeep. The time wasted by millions sitting on hard seats every week listening to sugar coated Bible stories. If you could add all of this up over the course of human history, the result would, I'm sure, be pretty staggering. And yet, is humanity clearly better from all of this? No, good people are still good and bad people are still bad, despite the experience of going to church. It really is time and money wasted.

This is money being spent for knowledge. I can't think of a better use for the money and effort.

Posted by Skeptic again November 21, 09 11:02 AM

kinda makes me nervous that they couldn't get their math right on a magnet, but they swear this thing wont create a black hole and implode the planet...

Posted by November 21, 09 11:07 AM

Neily Boy, the only advancements that agricultural science has provided us is genetically modified soy beans that withstand round-up. you like the taste of round-up? not to mention how to grow mass amounts of livestock in a limited space. And anyone that thinks feeding the hungry is a priority should sit down and do the math related to our rate of population.

Posted by November 21, 09 11:22 AM

Wow, just by looking at these pictures makes me proud to be a human! You can find so many ages of human progress / development in this project.
It started with the first wheel and look where we are now!

@ 'You think it is USB 2.0 compatible?'
No, and i think that is a challenge wich mankind will never solve!

Posted by smit November 21, 09 11:33 AM

@Dave (112), No it's not USB 2.0 compatible. It generates 4TB of data PER SECOND. I would want a USB standard that can handle those kinds of transfer speeds :)

It might create a black hole too, but so small that it can't be bad. Kinda cool even!

Posted by iain November 21, 09 12:00 PM

What this is about:

To those feeling the costs of this project were better spent on food for the hungry etcetera:
as #18 sais, those problems are not about money.
They are about us rich westerners keeping all power for ourselves.
Just think how you'd feel about a number of those millions in need suddenly being your neighbours.
Maybe that helps to know how we _want_ them to stay poor?

Posted by Scat R. Brane November 21, 09 12:09 PM

I Can't Help Stop Appreciate It

Posted by Cinna November 21, 09 12:17 PM

@116: My goodness, do you honestly think that? Ever heard of Norman Borlaug? He created disease-resistant, high-yield wheat and rice crops that helped countries like India become agriculturally self-sufficient. That was agricultural science without which the current population of the world could not exist. That includes you too.,0,2393886.story

Do you realize that breeding wheat, rice, dogs and cats means working with genes? The age-old methods of selecting the desired traits from each generation means gene manipulation, just without seeing the genes directly. That's how natural selection did it, that's how horticulturists modify orchids and cat fanciers create new breeds of cat. The difference with the latest methods is that now we can see the underlying mechanics and change the genome directly.

I don't like overpopulation any more than anyone likes being hungry, but scientific research is the last place to make budget cuts in. Education, family planning and improving healthcare are the tools for solving the problems of the third world, not killing off NASA or CERN. That's just bonkers. We don't fund them enough in the first place, while petty politics, wars and organized religion consume more money than they are worth - the first being a necessary evil and the last two having no worth at all, mind you.

Posted by Anonymous November 21, 09 12:43 PM

It's Half Life in real life....get your crowbars because we're all screwed!

Posted by TheForilla November 21, 09 12:45 PM

I think this is a complete waste of money. Just what is it going to prove? That a bunch of nerds can create something from next to nothing and perhaps get a Noble Prize? What if this thing does not work?

Yeah, I too think it wouldmake a great underground racetrack!

Pictures are good if anything.

Posted by Steve, a Kiwi. November 21, 09 01:09 PM

Off we go, our great and scientific geniuses, into the great unknown of the universe. I have great faith in their prospects, especially since none of them have the wherewithall to figure anything out that might eleviate the most pressing issues that we have at hand, RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE ON EARTH! Space... the place you go, between your ears, when you have absolutely no control over your immediate surroundings. Self-indulgence at its most glorius.

Posted by CarlyG November 21, 09 01:14 PM

I hope it doesn't tear the universe apart during the search for answers.

Posted by itsgonnaenditall November 21, 09 01:31 PM

All silly Americans afraid of LHC because it's European. Please, stick to your own neighbourhood. The same paranoia as with RHIC in year 2000.
But your collider came to be too small to find anything, that's why you don't know anything about it. Those were your taxes so please don't worry about our.

Posted by Bartłomiej November 21, 09 01:41 PM

To put the costs of the LHC a little bit in perspective: despite the budget overruns it's still something in the order of USD 6 billion. It's a bargain, really; the Iraq war is already in the USD 845 billion direct costs for the USA alone. The annual NASA budget is in the order of USD 17 billion.

Had they used half the war money for theoretical and space research, we could have had a space colony by now.

Posted by Draken November 21, 09 02:02 PM

Higgs Boson, Schmigs Boson.......ah the vanity of mankind.

Posted by Sven Ghali November 21, 09 02:12 PM

This machine is beautiful

Posted by mrd November 21, 09 02:29 PM

what I really would like is that hard hat! with that logo! talk about your nerd style trend baby! its a gotta have for sure!

Posted by caffeinejones November 21, 09 03:18 PM

I heard of two scientists theorizing that something in our future is preventing us from successfully finding this hadron element. Hmm. I wonder why. And I also wonder how they came to this conclusion and if they paid alot for their doctorate degrees. Did they get them online? Was is an honorary degree? Or maybe they're from the future and don't want to share the wealth. If anyone has more info on this, please enlighten us.

Posted by dmcox November 21, 09 03:23 PM

Marvelous photos. It makes me think of a child's Lego construction at which the Architect of the Universe looks at with fond indulgence and says, "It's wonderful, darling. I'm so impressed. I'm sure it will do whatever it is you want it to do." and goes off to create another galaxy or two, or maybe dinner.

Posted by Rhiannon Hanfman November 21, 09 03:24 PM

For those who say that this is a gigantic waste of money, what do you think of NASA during its heydays? It can be argued that the world, economically, was in much worse shape than it is now, yet the US poured billions to put a man on the moon.. was that wasteful?

Posted by Kevin November 21, 09 03:34 PM

Science, warfare, religion, wasting money really isn't bad anyhow. It's when people are really hurt or killed we need to reconsider.
Wasting money is moving money. Doesn't matter how money is spent, it's still feeding people who buy stuff and in turn creating turnover to keep capitalism going. And hey, learning something in the process doesn't hurt. Let the scientist do science and the politicians figure out a master plan to live in a more balanced civilization.

Posted by Ewout November 21, 09 04:00 PM

everyone who brings 2012 up in this subject

is A religous B iq lover than a monkey C wants to believe it

there is no scientific proof for this

and science is the only way to know something is true

god i want to punch them in the face

Posted by erz November 21, 09 04:16 PM

123. was of course aimed at 118. (writer ""), not @116! My apologies.

@126: If you think you have it in you to help the things you hold dear to you, go ahead and do it. The people at CERN are doing the same.

If you start prioritizing things in such a manner that nothing else is allowed before YOUR number 1 problem is solved, mankind would be unable to do ANYTHING because everyone has a different set of problems. Should we stop work on climate change before solving hunger? Is environmental protection and biodiversity a banned subject before equality of the sexes and races is accomplished? You should allow others to work on what they have a passion for, just like they let you have your priorities.

Posted by Anonymous November 21, 09 04:25 PM

I just love how cool it all looks. I'm sure it wont be allowed but think how many movies could be filmed in those tunnels and rooms

Posted by cs November 21, 09 04:40 PM

Comment 45. I couldn't agree more... this machine is to destroy the world but he powerful ones will remain untouchable...

Posted by marvin cole November 21, 09 05:21 PM

i am worried about all of the unknown unknowns that will be discovered.

Posted by tio holtzman November 21, 09 05:27 PM

the highest price electric contact mankind ever had, 10 billion dollars :)

Posted by oguz November 21, 09 05:45 PM

Oh goody, I get to post a relevant link...

I wonder how much money could be saved if a dollar was donated to charity every time somebody questions scientific funding.

Posted by The Laughing Man November 21, 09 07:27 PM

Mad Scientists Lab.
If succeed.
Will notify God's brain about the direction of PAIN coming in.
Result is beyond your imagination.

Posted by Rakesh November 21, 09 10:16 PM

Every new advance in science always brings out those who insist it will end the world. The atom bomb was said to have a possibility to create a chain reaction that would tear the fabric of space and demolish the earth, the same was said about the nuclear bomb. The texas collider was protested for the same reason, I would bet Galileo had detractors that warned against incurring the wrath of God and ending the world from his science. Why didn't these "end timers" drink up with the Hale Bop crew and get it over with. Sheesh !

Posted by Ed Normile November 21, 09 10:55 PM

Just looking back I noticed the idiocy posted by Neily Boy, I guess he has no idea how many people the various church organizations throughout the world feed, clothe, shelter, teach to raise crops and just plain give hope and a chance for a better life. Even a raving idiot/atheist would have to admit that this is a very decent way to treat others, almost god-like. The "money wasted" building churches provide economic advatages for the builders contractors etc. The people attending these institutions are taught to help others and care for them, which they practise through their tithings, monies freely given to the organization which is spent on the unfortunate and hungry.

Posted by Ed Normile November 21, 09 11:11 PM

For those of you who are complaining about the massive cost of the LHC, I for one am glad to see this money spent on science to expand on the knowledge we as humanity have about the universe.
As far as i'm concerned, it's better to have this money spent on science rather than war. Just think how much money America and its allies have spent on wars over at least the last 50 years or so. So the LHC cost a few billions, America has spent about $1.8 billion dollars per week for the war in Iraq/Afghanistan.
Yes the money for the LHC could have been spent in a vain effort to feed the world, but so could the untold billions spent on death and destruction.

Posted by Anonymous November 21, 09 11:30 PM

Something about #24 reminds me of Stargate.

AU Rod was sitting in something very much like that when he came over to this universe's Atlantis.

Shiny pictures! Thanks

Posted by Bunny November 22, 09 12:22 AM

It's pointless to argue with people about the benefits of science. The Luddites who just don't get it NEVER WILL. It's almost as if a part of their brain has shut down. The part that asks questions, that strives for knowledge, that wants solutions for the betterment of mankind. Not a single person here is prescient enough to know what the ramifications of what ever may be discovered with this experiment. Scientific discovery has always led to uses and solutions not foreseen by the investigators. And to the idiot who made the comment about soybeans and round-up, if you don't know what you're talking about do us all a favor and shutup. And finally religion has no business sticking it's nose in here, as it has proven throughout the history of mankind it's opposition to anything that may question the stranglehold it wants on knowledge

Posted by Ricochet November 22, 09 12:53 AM

Scathingly brilliant!

Love the pics. Love the running commentary. Science and the people who follow it are endlessly fascinating, agreed?

Posted by Sprite62 November 22, 09 01:09 AM

Ecco perché al CERN ci lavorano 10.000 persone ... speriamo si possa vedere il Big Bang. Affascinante.

Posted by Danilo De Martin November 22, 09 03:40 AM

It's just a big tube they have spent billions of euros on. Now their bluff has been called

Posted by A.Skeptic November 22, 09 06:42 AM

To the writer of comment number 59 (visitor):

If you really want to spread doomsday predictions, be sure to have done your homework. It is indeed relatively sure that black holes will be created by the LHC, but if you had done some research, you'd know that the black holes would have sub-atomic proportions. they would implode due to their own gravity within milliseconds. long before they would be able to attract any other particle, let alone the entire world.
And if, by some incredible coincidence, you are right: no worries, you'll be dead before you even notice.

Posted by anti-doomsayerfront November 22, 09 07:36 AM

wow! am gonna make a exact replica of that thing in my backyard using Lego blocks.. Lego Hadron Collider.

Posted by ericzs November 22, 09 08:43 AM

@bb (November 20)
Actually plenty of medical technology come from research in nuclear and particle physics; x-rays, PET scans, MRIs, and so on (not to talk about radio-therapy) -- they save(d) a *LOT* of lives.
About replacing fossil fuels, who knows? If research to understand Nature knew all that was going to be understood afterwards, it wouldn't be called research, would it? Applications come next.

@those who talk about food (edith hughes, Peter M, Alberto, ...)
Please, open your eyes. The food problem is of distribution, not of production. And if you still want to save money for that, fight the war industries -- "make food, not bombs".

@those scared of meeting theirs creator.
First, it seems you have a bad conscience. And second david (November 21) put it just right and I'll just quote him:
"the reactions in the LHC are the same a reactions that occur *all the time* the earth's upper atmosphere. If there was a chance that it would cause a black hole etc it would have already happened."

Posted by Pierre November 22, 09 09:01 AM

I read such enthusiasm and optimism in most of the posts here. The minority view seems to prove that humans are still prey to irrational superstition and downright paranoia. Such theories like: It cost too much, it will destroy us all, and what is it really for? These ideas take no effort to voice and require little information to continue wasting valuable time in.
Maybe Newton should have just ate the apple? Maybe Columbus should've become a more pious man and stayed home? Maybe Kennedy should've balanced the budget instead of going to the moon?
If you see conspiracy an armageddon in everything around you then it is you who has the problem. What sad way to live ones life.
The LHC is a fantastic chance at success or failure, live a little and wait to find out!

Posted by T Peel November 22, 09 09:33 AM

what a waste. Big bang. It just some different sources of energy (gases) mating and creating another gas or a solid.
It happens all the time.

Posted by bibisad November 22, 09 09:59 AM

Thanks for these stunning pictures! Always amazing and inspiring!

To those who complain about money being wasted and questioning the point of science, and experiments like this: it's ok. You're fine. You are little sheep. You will die in about 50 to 70 years, and no-one will even notice you were here. Just go on happily about your little lives in your very very small little world. No really, it's fine.

Posted by Schoschie November 22, 09 10:09 AM

bibisad write: "what a waste. Big bang. It just some different sources of energy (gases) mating and creating another gas or a solid.It happens all the time."

No, the space program was a collosal waste (and please, no one tell me about all the side benefits - we could have researched and designed those directly for far less money). However, the collider is a chance to develop energy sources that could provide the clean replacement energy for fossil and current nuclear reactors. FYI - these reactions don't happen all the time, at least not in a way we can study them.

Since the cost is shared over a large nunber of countries, it's actually a worthwhile investment (especially compared to other thing the government(s) spend their money on.

Posted by TheirIsGoodScience November 22, 09 10:31 AM

I think my jaw just dropped! I mean try to sit for a moment and think of the complexity of this "super collider".
Not to mention the effort, work, minds and time behind this super structure.
I'm waiting like an exited child to see what it's going reveal!

Best wishes from Denmark!

Posted by Huusom November 22, 09 11:25 AM

The US annual military budget would easily eradicate world poverty. That's not vague waffle, that's according to the amount needed as defined by the U.N.

Posted by rixla November 22, 09 11:25 AM

Wonderful photos. I visited CERN in 2007 and went down and saw the CMS, ATLAS, and LHC. These photos are only a taste of how magnificent this machine is - physically walking up to it and looking up, then down, then up again. That's amazing. This thing is HUGE!

Even a course in high school modern physics will calm any worries about this machine destroying the Earth. The energy that this machine will produce is nowhere near the energy of protons entering our atmosphere. So relax everybody.

Research like this no long bring us a greater understanding of the universe, but also creates new technologies, new applications for current technologies, pushing what we can do with what we have now, etc... it's not a complete waste of money. The money put into this will bring forth new technologies, ideas, and knowledge that will be invaluable to mankind. You cannot put a price tag on that.

Man will look back at this and see this as a great achievement. Your grandchildren will be thankful. Plus, once this is up and running, it'll be useful for a few years.

Posted by Physics Geek November 22, 09 11:33 AM

That's a huge coffee maker...

Soo... What's the date of the end of the world?

Posted by Anon November 22, 09 11:46 AM

Awesome pictures...

Sure the 2012 thing is bogus, if you research the Mayan calendar you'll find out that there are predicted dates in the future as far as the 4200's. 2012 is just supposed to be the return of a God to our world, so no need to fear.

But as far as science is the only way to know something, there is really no evidence for you to believe anything. Science is just another belief system that finds strength through interwoven theories. If you look at the basics of physics, biology, geology or whatever you'll only find considerable evidence for concurrent beliefs. Science has never 'proven' anything except that it is okay to believe that if you let go of a ball, 999,999,999,999 out of 1,000,000,000,000 it will fall to the ground, but the 1 time that it doesn't is what is really interesting. While scientific research has done marvelous things and helped humanity greatly, it's a mistake to assume that it demonstrates more than our ability to hone our guesses finely enough to adopt them as 'knowledge'.

And @everyone who says this is a waste of money, get your priorities straight, 6 billion Euros is probably less than was invested into coming up with Viagra and Cialis.... bitch about that hilarious waste of money.

Posted by Superman November 22, 09 11:55 AM

yes it may create black-holes!! that last for less than a billionth of a second , have almost no mass and are smaller than the eye could see...No worries people, you need huge amounts of mass (billions of times more mass than we have here on earth) to create stable black holes. Don't forget that these collisions happen trillions of time per second NATURALLY across our galaxy! no one has seen any explosions from them ever. One final thought... 200 years ago we were still building wattle and daub houses...houses made from poo! It's a bit arrogant to think that we now have the power to destroy our planet in one fell swoop, or the universe, or god.

Posted by Terence P. November 22, 09 12:13 PM

@Ed Normile

We do not require a deity, or the worship of one/many, to behave in altruistic ways to our fellow man.

Builders are better employed building useful things like hospitals, particle accelerators and schools, rather than churches.

The effort required to sustain major religions can never result in an equivalent amount of good works. You'd be better off supporting a charity, lobbying government and having a lie in every Sunday.

Posted by Neily Boy November 22, 09 01:20 PM

Its working is to open a portal and bring beings of 4th dimension (the big magnets, energy and ring have this function) that are able to avoid or delay the ascension of human beings, for that reason there're many damages. The Earth is suffering favorable changes a cellular level on human beings.

Posted by Joe November 22, 09 01:32 PM

this project is about finding out how disembodied.demon spirits can leave the cage what god as placed them in nothing more nothing less.
they influence mankind to do the work they need to leave for there time is shoort that is ahy you canot c them they are trapped in spirit form on the scale of photons with full conscence they dont want to be cast to hell which is there lot but the true mystery was not reveed to them or they would have never partook in what they did . even this super collider will show them nothing to help them so the true scientist might gleem something for humanity but they will be pissed when nothing they find will help set them free

Posted by truth November 22, 09 01:35 PM

Nice pictures. I wonder if humanity's scientific progress is outpacing our ability to mature as a civilized race? We continue to have wars and some of man's scientific achievements are directed not into peaceful use but for use in weapon development.
Maybe there are things in the universe that we are not suppose to be poking our fingers at, at least until we are ready for them. The universe is a wondrous place and poking willy nilly at the very fabric that makes up everything doesn't sound like a good thing.
Hopefully they find what they are looking for without creating problems they can't fix.

Posted by PT November 22, 09 01:51 PM

Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've created. Nostradamus has already given a warning for the people of Geneva.

Posted by KreKlyn November 22, 09 01:58 PM

Good morning and welcome to the Black Mesa Transit System...

Posted by Gordon November 22, 09 03:26 PM

2500m to the next fire exit :D thats very very save!

Posted by bolar November 22, 09 03:52 PM

I'm quite convinced that a huge spin off has already been seen just from the technology required to build this quite beautiful 'machine'. How many technical hurdles were overcome to get this far. How much knowledge is instilled in its fabrication. I'm looking forward to knowing the results of the experiments.

On a smug note - I never caused that much damage with any of my dry joints:)

Posted by Lyle November 22, 09 04:09 PM

Interesting machine, colossal amount of money and it could all fail if the lights go out; an apt monument to our believe that we have the right to control or change the universe.

Really #82 "The more we understand about physics and particles and how to change them the closer we get to solving most of humanity's biggest issues."? How does understanding physics and particles solve humanity's biggest problems - greed, jealousy, abuse, poverty, loss of soil fertility....?

Posted by Alan November 22, 09 04:09 PM

that is future

Posted by Vidmantas November 22, 09 05:39 PM

Looking at the pictures you should see immediately, that the LHC is the biggest sting in the world! Somebody put the billions into their pocket. It is quite clear that the pics are from unused parts of a Startrek movie. Look at number 17, for instance, it's clearly Spock with a welding mask photoshopped on his face. Nevertheless, these pics are very impressive, indeed.

Posted by Smile November 22, 09 05:40 PM

It was actually an electrical short, nothing to do with the colliding protons, which knocked out a series of electro magnets.

Posted by Youngy November 22, 09 05:54 PM

Just a thought, for all of you out there saying (fear-mongering) that these experiments are going to cause the end of the world, wipe out humanity, take away the Americans right to bear arms... or whatever...

If you are worried about this, would it not be better to cheer the scientists on, hope for their success, and for the furthering of scientific and human knowledge, for all time.

Put it this way, if the world ends, which is not going to happen anyway, but theoretically... you're not exactly going to have your chance to say "I knew it, I told you so, didn't I say this would happen!"

Please world... a bit more optimism and a LOT less fear!

Oh...and for the Nostradamus theory, he said wayy more things that didn't come to pass, and his dates are all over the place... (Check me, I can be a predictive genius too... I sense that in the future there will be a great war! Ok now just gotta wait an see)

...technological terror... the only technological terror out there is people who write rubbish like that, being allowed computers in the first place!

Posted by SLee November 22, 09 05:54 PM

Beautiful pictures, awesome hardware, and a wonderful adventure. I was very impressed by comment #89 "(California Cern Fan) so I talk the liberty to post it again because it is so true and beautiful... Carl Sagan voiced similar thoughts. "The matter of the Universe has organized itself sufficiently to understand itself. We are witnesses to an amazing property of particles, the strange and wonderful destiny of carbon and the other elements, cooked so long ago in stars; the bright spark that civilization has kindled from the darkness over these many eons. A machine that makes knowledge now lies beneath land where the campfires of ancient ancestors once burned. They would be proud of their great, great, . . . great grandchildren."
Best wishes for the CERN team. Let there be light!

Posted by Jim Cook November 22, 09 06:53 PM

If this unmakes the world the religious right wing in correct and if their souls are safe.

If this doesn't unmake the world, they were wrong...again.

Posted by Nate November 22, 09 07:06 PM

Image 12 makes my heart melt. I work for Sun Microsystems, and was working for StorageTek before they were acquired. I have spent many hours working on those tape silos (they are called SL8500)

The rest of the images are pretty cool too. I wish I was in Europe so I could have an excuse to visit.

Posted by tim-e November 22, 09 07:56 PM

wow, absolutely amazing..... proud to be human...

Posted by fbalster November 22, 09 09:01 PM

There is no point talking to fools on the importance of scientific and technological advancement. They will never understand beyond food, sex, and sleep.

Posted by sid November 22, 09 11:59 PM

A new age has come. I bet Morgan Freeman is working there.

Posted by Morgan Freeman November 23, 09 01:12 AM

I imagine civilization willl benefit; no harm will come from the experiments; gravity will become less of a mystery!

Posted by Devant November 23, 09 02:20 AM

I simply don't understand the people bemoaning the cost of this experiment. It costs US $6B. The US alone spends $950B on defense *every year*. When we sank $45B into the B-2 bomber program (through 2004) -- a single Cold War era relic -- all people could talk about was the security and jobs it created. But invest what amounts to couch change in an experiment that probes the very meaning of what it means to exist, and suddenly it's a "waste" because world hunger or cancer aren't in its sights. Prioritize, people! The world is not poor or hungry or sick because of projects like this. Blame those who deserve it -- and there are may -- but don't sacrifice our knowledge and future. I'm not saying all big science is justifiable. You won't find me defending the International Space Station. But on a global scale this is a dirt cheap project with a huge pay-off compared to the s**t most of our governments buy every year.

Posted by Derek November 23, 09 02:58 AM

Love the photos.
Love the project.
Love the comments and how the internet gives a voice to all the nutters out there.

Posted by Craig November 23, 09 03:35 AM

@181: These sheep will, however, gladly accept all the fruit of modern science as if they were entitled to it from the beginning.

Some of us seem to always want to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future, self-centered and oblivious to the work and sacrifices of our ancestors. They'll keep complaining about vaccinations while living longer and healthier lives precisely thanks to them, complain using tools and methods developed thanks to the research they oppose, dreaming of a past thankfully behind us in which they would certainly not be happier or even alive in if it were available to them. Oh, the irony is overwhelming.

P.S. Part of this technology we use here, the World Wide Web, was invented at CERN, where the LHC resides. CERN decided to release it free of royalties, leading to its immense success on the Internet and building the world we now live in. I'm sure many here couldn't care less about that, but were happy to use it to voice their objections to the current work at CERN nonetheless. The audacity!

Posted by Anonymous November 23, 09 03:38 AM

I'm sorry you do not approve of the way we've spent money. You're just jealous. You're not getting a penny of this, now get over it. When can we build a bigger one? Say, in orbit where it's cold already... muwahahah.

Posted by moot scientist November 23, 09 05:18 AM

Ok next step is to make it smaller so it fits in a pocket... ;~p

Posted by Florian November 23, 09 05:38 AM

For all the sceptics who predict the end of the world, please predict the end of the world, quick question:

Q. Predict what is in my right hand?
A. Its not what in my right hand its whats at the end of it,your mug!

Posted by Anonymous November 23, 09 06:14 AM

Is it just me or does this remind you of the inner workings of the Death Star?

All kidding aside, what an amazing journey this project has been already and certainly will be in the next few years. I hope that it is able to answer some of the fundamental questions about the nature of our universe.

Isn't science cool?

Posted by Chinchilla November 23, 09 09:31 AM

BRAVO 129 and 147! I still can't believe there's people out there saying this is a waste of money! And as if these $6B is the ONLY money that could have been used to 'solve' world hunger... Sounds like a bunch of beauty queens!

We need these technological advances, you never know what might come out of them. It's unbelievable how people seem to love the idea of back to the stone age, just so religion is the only belief system and not science and facts!

Posted by Brian November 23, 09 09:51 AM

moses built an ark and in the movie 2012 they built arks the size of aircraft carriers something this big screams desperation where is the laser cannon
that vaporizes the asteroids


Posted by mark r waller November 23, 09 10:01 AM

What a waste of money. Think of how many "clunkers" could have been purchased with that cash. Think of how many senior citizens could have been given checks they don't need.

Posted by Anonymous November 23, 09 11:02 AM

Pic 27:
Guy in red thinks "Oh, man. Emergency exit two and a half kilometers away!"

Posted by thunderleg November 23, 09 11:59 AM

The LHC should be a Wonder of the World!

To those concerned about the budget, I understand where you are coming from. With my personal finances, I have a very similar difficult decision to make. I don't make a lot of money, and I have lots of bills to pay today, repairs to the house, etc., but I know it is important to put away money in savings for the future. So I deal with my daily concerns, today's bills, todays repairs, but I know that it is important to be always saving - even if it is just a little bit.

Pure research is the "savings for the future" that we as a society make. It won't cure cancer next year, but in 100 years, who knows what we would be able to do with the information painstakingly collected today? If we stopped saving knowledge for our future, we would find ourselves bankrupt as a society - lacking a fundamental base for advancement. We spend Trillions on the daily concerns of society. A few billion here and there for our society's 401k is a small investment in the future.

Posted by Sam Ley November 23, 09 12:12 PM

Pic #12: I wonder why SDLT tapes are being used for such a monumental feet? In my years of experience as a backup / disaster recovery tech, compared to LTO tapes, SDLT have a higher failure rate and lower storage capacity.

Great photos!

Posted by Jeff November 23, 09 12:43 PM

The amount of scaremongering regarding the LHC is mind numbing. So many people are still spouting off the same nonsense that has already been discussed and disproved, and yet it persists.

Some of the most brilliant minds to grace the face of this planet are working on this project, and I trust them a heck of a lot more than those of you regurgitating the "End of the world" rhetoric. If you were actually qualified, and at their level, you'd most likely be working on this project too.

Congratulations, to those of you on the LHC project, the scientific community looks forward to the knowledge and understanding we'll gain from your hard work, research and dedication to human advancement.

Oh, and Great pictures TBP!

Posted by dhtroy November 23, 09 12:58 PM

I predict that the LHC will keep malfunctioning and breaking down till 2012 when Tom Hanks will activate it (as he was promised when filming the latest Dan Brown movie). Ladies and gentlemen, Tom Hanks might very well end the world. Or not.

Posted by Nestor November 23, 09 03:34 PM

The complexity and symmetry is astounding.

Posted by Maria November 23, 09 03:44 PM

Nice photographs

Posted by Karlox November 23, 09 06:02 PM

Absolutely stunning pictures. The experiments they plan to do here are about as mind boggling as the machinery itself. No matter how many times i read about it, I still come away feeling dizzy.
But I suppose that's the point.. As Feynman said ' if you think you understand quantum mechanics, you really don't understand it at all'

This is the absolute pinnacle of modern technology. The absolute summation of human achievement at this second, and should be applauded as such, and not subject to narrow-minded scaremongering and financial debate (thankfully there hasn't been much of that on here yet! :op)

Posted by Rob_Liverpool November 23, 09 06:21 PM

Dude, that thing is the summit of awesomeness.
I wish, we could understand our world faster and easier, but I guess this wouldn't be the same great challenge as it is right now., great website ^.^ The pics are wonderfull.

And well, about a few comments,which haven't their place here, I think I would like to just quote this great Albert as he used to say :
"Zwei Dinge sind unendlich: Das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit. Aber beim Universum bin ich mir nicht ganz sicher."
- " Two things are infinite : the universe and the stupidity of the human being. But I am not quite sure about the universe though."

and I say it again, but the pictures are great !

Posted by Pierre-Etienne L. November 23, 09 07:18 PM

Love #17. It just needed a set of jumper cables! (I know, it's a grounding clamp)

Posted by KC Loewen November 23, 09 07:37 PM

"Create a black hole. . . ."


Black Holes are black because they contain so much mass and mass creates gravity, so much, in fact, that not even light can escape its pull. How do you create mass out of two protons colliding? A Black Hole is not a hole at all you moron. The reason it is called a black hole is that no light escapes, so it "looks" like a hole in space. LMAO.

Posted by Moron Buster November 24, 09 01:40 AM

conveniently timed to coincide with he release of the 2012 movie me thinks!

Posted by craig November 24, 09 03:45 AM

The comments on this story are as fascinating as the machine itself! I did quivver just a bit when a thought flashed through my mind about the costs, but what price for knowledge - by far the greatest asset of all? Try channelling all the money from wars into hunger and poverty instead... And lastly, I think all of the doomsayers are going to be totally surprised when none of their theories are realised, and all are trumped instead by a surprise visit from a couple of Vogons...! ;-)

Posted by BlindedByScience November 24, 09 04:03 AM

Did the Mayans take leap years into consideration?
Love the pics and looking forward to what this experiment can tell us.
It's not a waste of money it is science and if you want to stop world poverty then get the people with money to stop spending it on Van Goghs and start spending it on methods of irrigation and education.
When people know how to help themselves the can help others.

Posted by Giley November 24, 09 04:44 AM

It was strange to see so much debate on the LHC. I always wondered how do people with no understanding of physics find these spaces to vent their religious infused fears.

I think the PR department at CERN should spend a few thousands on creating a facebook game or something to keep them occupied there. A CERNVILLE or something. That would be such a success with them, they would love the LHC :)

As for what these amazing people are doing there, i have only mad respect. You guys are some of humanity's best and everyone else is in awe at what you are doing.

Can't wait to see/learn of what they discover.

Great photos!

Posted by Cezar November 24, 09 05:44 AM

Mankind has not changed since Genesis.. they still want to be as God

Posted by McCloud November 24, 09 07:39 AM

I get sick of spoiled brat europeans sniveling about America's supposedly outdated Neanderthalic values such as freedom of religion and rights to bear arms. The only reason you have the money over there to waste on this nonsense is because the US has spent it's own blood and treasure over the past seven decades protecting your sorry butts from the likes of Hitler and Stalin. As for the project I think it's a pretty cool toy

Posted by Mike Moser November 24, 09 10:05 AM

Although I know that the LHC can't cause a black hole or any other doomsday happening, I almost hope it does so that the universe can be rid of uneducated people spreading their uneducated opinions

Posted by Alex November 24, 09 03:23 PM

The matter of a fact is, that in Europe in WWII the main struggle was between Germany and Soviet Union. US came to help only in summer of 1944, when Germany was already so weak after fight in eastern front and the end of war was quite near. So no, US did not save Europe from Hitler. Soviet Union did. Despite this, Stalin was even bigger a** than Hitler.

Again, no historic reason can change the fact, that you have stone age laws. The fact is the fact. In example, if you give guns to everybody, including mentaly-ill, guess what will happen? Social security? Two-party system? The list goes on...

Posted by to 212 November 24, 09 03:51 PM

this is an engineering masterpiece! it's cold but it's lovely, it's awesome and breathtaking...also thanks to these pictures... Thanks!

Posted by Mike November 24, 09 04:35 PM

It's a series o' tubes.

Posted by Yosemite1967 November 24, 09 05:16 PM

WOW!!Man has every right to explore the unknown and attempt to understand how and why things happen.We may discover 'how' to the nth degree but in many cases,'why' is the difficult part.I'd love to know what kind of secrecy contracts many of the officials and scientists have had to sign.Well done to all of those who worked on the LHC,it is a marvel of engineering and a powerful symbol of man's tenacity and curiosity.If they can build that,then why can't the guess the lotto results?

Posted by Andrew Marshall November 24, 09 08:36 PM

I love basic research.
This is it.
This is the mother load.

Posted by Tom Janson November 24, 09 08:42 PM

Hey Scat R Brane, ask yourself, ...'what would happen if we took this money and fed the starving instead/??" I'll tell you what, they would produce more starving people needing more help, and then no-one would get anywhere.

Posted by C. Pace November 25, 09 02:40 AM

Its a Stargate, (pic 23) they have been told how to build it by aliens but have to cover it up for now!!!! Hope I get to have a go in it......

Posted by Mork November 25, 09 04:18 AM

I understand those arguments if all these money can be donate to poor people. However sceintific project like this is one of only few ways to help us human being understand the nature which is the route of humanity and lifes.

Posted by ss November 25, 09 06:41 AM

Great photos as always, and just think in a years time you'll be able to buy a collider, half the size and double the speed at a fraction of the cost.

Posted by Eddie November 25, 09 08:47 AM

Cool pics but WOW the pro science crowd is really hate filled. I am religious and have no problem with this experiment. It won't disprove god but may lead to a better understanding as to how god made this world he gave us. However I did notice if any humor is injected into this post about black holes and end of the world the amount of hate spewed forth is scary. Maybe you are bitter because you can not find the answer that you need, even though you find the answer to the questions you ask science to find. It seems you are looking for the wrong things with this awesome machine. You are looking for subatomic particles, but you need to look for inner peace & the meaning of life and this machine won't give that to you.

My fear is not this machine or the spiritual zealots of this world but the people who have elevated science to become a new religion. With the amount of hate currently residing in the hearts of the pro science religion I can easily see them performing the same genocidal acts in the future that the radical Muslims are currently performing, and other religions have performed in the past. If you believe too blindly in science you will forget the value of the person. Life isn't logical and and if you base your life only on the logic that science brings you then you will never feel peace or happiness.

Peace be with you and remember that even if you don't believe in God he believes in you.

Posted by I like it here. November 25, 09 11:09 AM

I seriously can't believe how many people think that this is a waste of money. While this project is not guaranteed to break new scientific ground, it is certainly not a waste of money. The people who designed this know what they are doing. They didn't just hook up a bunch of wires randomly and hope for the best. There is a good chance that lots of scientific progress will be made. Even if there isn't an immediate practical use in mind, there are still two obvious reasons to pursue projects like this.
1) lots of practical applications come from "pure" science even when none were initially in mind when experiments were developed
2) we get to learn more about the universe! I don't want to under-emphasize this point. Don't you people want to learn how the universe works? Don't you care to investigate reality? Sure it costs a lot of money relative to your yearly income, but it isn't that much money in the grand scheme of things.
Finally, it is true that there are more pressing issues in need attention - health care, education, poverty, hunger, attaining world peace. But seriously, its not like these scientists just stole the savings jar for those issues to build their machine. Think about how much money is being wasted on the military and other places that could be used to address those problems. We can simultaneously pursue science and humanitarian efforts! I promise!

Posted by Seth November 25, 09 03:39 PM

You can divide all the comments into three categories:

1: the enthusiastic one
2: the fearful one
3: the envious one

Posted by cas November 25, 09 06:20 PM

#214, Get over yourself! You're just another euro trash! Oh for your information, it was America who supplied your ass with food and weapons that kept you from being overrun by Hitler! And it was America who kept Communism at bay from overrunning you puny country. You are such a dumb ass! Don't try to change history by spewing such nonsense. Don't talk trash about my country when your country has never done anything for us!

Nice pictures! Although I don't approve of such massive expenditures, I hope that once they find Higgs Boson, that they can parlay whatever technological innovation into more peaceful use.

Posted by Jonathan November 25, 09 09:21 PM

Superb work, CERN and great pics, Boston.
Thanks to CERN we have WWW (Internet as you see it today, not the wrestling crap) and grid computing now. I hope all the war mongers and religious morons will appreciate the efforts of CERN.

Posted by Dev, Bangalore,India November 26, 09 12:53 AM

Scientists are playing with fire and your and my lives! Wake up and stop these wackos!!

Posted by Steve November 26, 09 02:43 AM

The thing is mind boggling. What was the guy who made it thinking about?

Posted by Anonymous November 26, 09 06:35 AM

If we are to count dollars and cents, without the glory of science, we will have to take into account that the people in this field paid a down payment by inventing the web browser. Does anyone want to put a dollar amount on e-commerce, never mind its role in our day to day lives? If nothing else, you are reading this message with a web browser. Massive is obviously relative.

If we are to bet on who would lead the way for future technologies, we shouldn't bet against them, with their track record in software development alone. Don't worry about making peaceful use of the innovations--there are much more people interested in making money out them than those interested in Higgs Bosons.

By the end of the day, ignorance wins, simply by majority. People who argued about Europe and America don't have the faintest clue that the teams making all the components are always international, supported in part by their native countries. It is almost like seeing spectators taking sides that the players don't have. And as always, loudness scales well with stupidity.

Posted by Henry November 26, 09 07:34 AM

I would hate to see the wire diagram schematic for this unit!!!

Posted by Todd November 26, 09 09:04 AM

Dear colleagues,

My deep gratitude for your excellent job and exhibit of the pictures, it was nice to see again those previous shots.
You've done a great selection work,

Just a short comment on number 24 for which the legend should reflect as follows: "Installation of the mini frame of ALICE on 15 May 2009".

Sincerely, Max Brice

Posted by Maximilien Brice November 26, 09 06:05 PM

One day huge spacecarriers will take us roaming about in the Galaxy, and one of them will be called the "CERN." It may only be a small step, and an expensive one, but it is necessary if we want to solve our energy problems and move humanity beyond an otherwise doomed one-planet species.

Posted by Kris November 26, 09 06:05 PM

Frankly. I'd rather the world be destroyed by something inspired and peaceful like this rather than by weapons of war anyway.

Posted by EC November 26, 09 10:20 PM

What I'm most surprised at is the colour and symmetry. It's so beautiful! SO excited for the discoveries this will generate.

Posted by Heather November 27, 09 10:45 AM

Ohh it all in good fun.
Were gonna blow ourselves up with decisive clarity and vision anyway.
This thing is as cool a way as any.

On the flip side if it works we may redefine a whole false area of what was once truth.

Crazy to be human in these days I tell you. Impressive debts, wars, Mars, and still Klondike bars given in a friendly way can buy you anything.

Posted by Jones November 27, 09 04:29 PM

Thats a lot of careful work in putting together this big machine. The number of subsystems and components per subsystem is massive. More over most of the components are non regular and no one will have expertise building such a stuff.

Even laying a drain pipe for such a length across borders is a big project. The kind of project management and commitment to complete this kind of project is unbelievable.

Kudos to the project management team and everyone who helped put this together with full integrity. Even if we do not find much on the first run the Project management knowledge alone is enough to help us increase our knowledge to build such large scale integrated systems, with insane complexities.

I wish such expertise would be extended to the developing and under developed nations to complete some of the most complicated projects.

Finally, my best of luck to the scientists who are about the create history.

Posted by Arun November 28, 09 06:51 AM

The real value of scientific investigation is cultural, in my opinion. From it we learn things about the nature of the Great Stage of the Universe, about who we are as small players on that Stage, and perhaps something of what our parts in it all may mean. Reasonable people differ about what is valuable, culturally or otherwise, and what it truly means "to benefit mankind". Probably no one person fully understands this machine in all its vastness and intricacy, but the thousands of people who understand it best have dedicated many years of their lives to making it come to reality. If you fear it, study the CERN LSAG safety reports (See and references therein.) If you consider it a waste, reflect upon the many 100s of billions of dollars the US spends every year to maintain its military security and political supremacy, and how dangerous that is to all humankind and to the Earth.

Posted by Wm A Wheaton November 28, 09 02:12 PM

Who the F*#K thinks up this Sh*T!
It's all amazing, but how do they think this up? Who designs it and who builds it?
Even the simplest parts would take a genius to design.
But to make something so huge, to find something so small, doesnt make sense. I'm not against science, I love hearing about scientific achievements and believe more money should be applied to realistic endeavours such as this. Stuff giving money for the military, all they do is kill. Science in the end is helping mankind.

Posted by Daz November 30, 09 01:56 AM

A vowed religious, and former employee of science says, "Amazing! Courageous! and Bold." I've looked forward to the day we can provide ourselves with the information we need to take us to the galaxies when our Earth no longer can hold the multitudes; becomes so toxic it is uninhabitable; a non-avoidable meteor crash will dessimate the population; volcanic eruption/s will cause a "nuclear winter"; the male gender needs something to conquer that is not harmful; and lastly, but most importantly--our curiosity and sense of adventure is no longer satisfied with staying here (we ran out of other adventures). Star Trek here we come! Thank you for the excitement.

Posted by Letha Christina Chamberlain November 30, 09 03:07 AM

10 billion dollars?

Chump change for us who bail out brokers, rescue auto companies, subsidize banks, loan money to bankrupt countries, and engage in swaps of money for "carbon credits". This research project seems positively rational. Worst case: nothing happens; best case: we get an insight into how things work at the most basic level. Can't say that about the other expenditures, where worst case is material devastation (good for our souls, you say?) and the best case is prolongation of the status quo, which we all agree is not good.

And it's a lot cheaper.

Posted by Jim December 1, 09 01:54 AM

Mankind screwing with mother nature once again...

Posted by Bill Dobie December 1, 09 10:02 AM

What a freaking awsome machine!!! This is a true testament to not only great minds working together towards a common goal, but governments as well. I'm excited to learn what new discoveries this thing will make!

Posted by Evokal December 2, 09 05:27 PM

Best of luck ..! I don't think this will work

Posted by Srinu December 3, 09 12:26 PM

The scientists have said that they are going to create a "black hole" and study it. They think they can contain it and they are confident it will not suck our planet in to it, like the ones in space do.
OK I feel confident that these lunatics are correct! The risk is definitely not worth the reward! Maybe if we all don't die they can create another mega bomb that will destroy everything later on instead!

Posted by Chris December 3, 09 02:40 PM

It's really amazing how many idiots there are in the world. "Ooo, we're gonna die!" "Ooo, it costs so much!" "Oooo it'll make black holes and destroy us all!" Grow up, fools. This is the real world. If you don't like it, leave.

Posted by Hubble December 3, 09 10:47 PM

Stunning photography. The complexity of the LHC is absolutly amazing. I am in awe of the achievement already, and await the results of these ground-breaking experiments. What I think of, when I consider what it took to conceive, design and construct such a complex entity is the amount of cooperation between individuals, businesses and even countries it took to complete such a project. That in itself gives me hope that, faced with crisis, we can overcome petty differences and work together for the common good.

Posted by Mark H. December 4, 09 12:33 AM

Very nice site!

Posted by Pharmg72 December 4, 09 10:53 AM

I hope that once they smash the protons and write the papers, (which i will definitely read) that this thing makes clean water or something truly useful.

Expect nothing but I tell you now the published reports will make it seem as though we have stepped into a deeper level of understanding.

Posted by myron December 4, 09 12:34 PM

vaya porqueria de fotos

Posted by luis December 7, 09 10:49 AM

An old physics buddy, on seeing these pix, remarked "Those guys have seen 'Forbidden Planet' a few too many times" (the old sci fi movie; see Wikipedia article if it's not familiar).

See?! It's even good for comedy....

Posted by Wm A Wheaton December 7, 09 02:56 PM

how its amazing site but i think how to start LHC it a very challanging process. lot of scientists are involving in that project risk is definitely not . but in case one percent LHC failled then what you will do.
Best of luck
anil kumar from india

Posted by anil kumar December 8, 09 05:05 AM

#11: What an absolutely beautiful place for protons to collide at nearly the speed of light!

Posted by Arlo December 8, 09 07:57 PM

Beautiful photos of an amazing piece of science and engineering. I eagerly look forward to reading of the discoveries waiting to be made in the higher-energy collisions.

Posted by Rattus Rattus December 8, 09 09:54 PM

Rather impressive tech! However, reading back on all the last 100 posts, I can't help but be a tad cynical. Some posts have been hyperbolic in the extreme: "Fifty years from now, people will be praising CERN and the LHC as the saviour of out planet" (yes, not verbatim, but there's been an element of this!). Let's face it, probably half the experiments will fail to show results or inconclusive evidence, another 25% will show insights, 25% might prove meaningful, hard evidence - and ALL of them will show the need for a newer, bigger and better particle accelerator...

Fine, but just don't expect me to get all excited by this one, because this has been the history of particle accelerators to date. It's madness to think that the LHC will be anything more than (almost definitely) just another particle accelerator adding a few new clues and probably raising more questions than it answers. Space stations in 50 years bearing the name of CERN indeed. What rot. But, then again, I'm not a fanboy - and this is just another "bigger, better and THE BEST ever" particle accelerator to me. Yawn. However, here's hoping for positive results regardless.

Posted by Iain December 10, 09 09:52 AM

Very nice

Posted by Muhammad December 19, 09 09:11 AM

and if it doesn't work it will make a neat set for the next James Bond movie.

Posted by Robert Doyle December 20, 09 07:53 PM

It Will Run In My Lifetime wont it????????????

Posted by Anonymous January 16, 10 03:44 AM

An sich ne gute Sache, ich frag mich nur, ob das auch dauerhaft brauchbar bleibt.

Posted by Roulette Tricks January 20, 10 02:18 PM

Krass! Hätte ich garnicht gedacht...

Posted by roulette trick January 20, 10 02:19 PM

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For more information and specs go to ->


The captured data is about 15728640 Gigabyte = 15360 Terabyte = 15 Petabyte per Year. These amount of data are saved on a Automated Tape Library -> StorageTek SL8500 with StorageTek T10000 Tape-Drives.

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Posted by Heinz January 21, 10 03:02 AM

Ich denke das ist eh nur ne Modeerscheinung.

Posted by Roulettetrick January 23, 10 11:52 AM

Ich merke gerade das ich diesen Blog deutlich öfter lesen sollte- da kommt man echt auf Ideen.

Posted by Strategies January 23, 10 01:14 PM

Isn't this the item that has a chance of destroying the planet, but hey, don't worry, the scientists know what they're doing?

Didn't this collider have to shut down because a bird flew by and dropped a piece of bread on the machine?

But hey, the scientists know what they're doing.

Posted by Maxie January 24, 10 05:21 AM

Irgend ne Ahnung wie sehr das verallgemeinerbar ist?

Posted by roulette strategie January 25, 10 02:01 PM

An sich ne gute Sache, ich frag mich nur, ob das auch dauerhaft brauchbar bleibt.

Posted by kaszinó February 4, 10 12:52 PM

Tja, das Leben kann so einfach sein, mann muss nur glück haben.

Posted by spiel von roulette February 5, 10 01:35 AM

Ich denke das ist eh nur ne Modeerscheinung.

Posted by σύστημα ρουλέτας February 5, 10 08:32 PM

Incredible pictures, looking forward to reading more.
FYI Science for the sake of science is o.k.

Finally, how do I set it to warm up my left over pizza?

Posted by B. Cheek March 2, 10 05:58 PM

March forward mankind and discover!!!

Posted by Marie March 3, 10 04:36 PM

Hey very nice blog!! Man .. I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds also...

Posted by Russia April 1, 10 06:46 PM

who cares about how the universe was created???
they could better give all that money to developing countries
poor people are more important than this

Posted by Kadir April 4, 10 02:05 PM


wish i was smarter so i could understand it and be a part of it.

Posted by puck April 4, 10 05:37 PM

this is the most amazing work in the history...

Posted by Joshua April 22, 10 09:28 PM

Mind blowing pictures. I wish i could see this facility in person someday. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Mohit July 6, 10 08:21 AM

An sich ne geniale Sache, ich überlege mir nur, ob das auf Dauer brauchbar bleibt.

Posted by Online Geld Gewinnen November 26, 10 08:20 AM

Wirklich ein guter Post. Ich söllte mal mehr lesen :-)

Posted by Online Geldgewinne November 26, 10 09:42 AM

#226: "You're just another euro trash! Oh for your information, it was America who supplied your ass with food and weapons that kept you from being overrun by Hitler! And it was America who kept Communism at bay from overrunning you puny country. You are such a dumb ass! Don't try to change history by spewing such nonsense. Don't talk trash about my country when your country has never done anything for us!"

Europe is not a country!! Its a continent! Google that sh*t!

Posted by Johnny Sixpack December 12, 10 01:18 PM
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