Large Hadron Collider switched on

A quieter relaunch than last year’s launch.

But what is a collider?
I’ll explain parts what I understand, which isn’t much.
Actually, its not what I understand so much as what I can remember reading.

A collider is a particle accelerator, from what I gathered.

The idea is to accelerate protons and ions to nearly the speed of light.
And then smash them together.

This particle accelerator cost 3.6 billion pounds.
Don’t worry tea-partiers, it didn’t come from your tax money.

Apparently smashing little bits of things together could help us understand the origin of mass.
I don’t understand that.
But many scientists do, according to the article.

Other researchers are looking for evidence of supersymmetry, the idea that every particle in the Universe has a “companion” particle.

Call me a pessimist, but I somehow think we’ll be disappointed.
But then I don’t understand .. almost any of it, lol.

Its still very interesting.


More information about particle accelerators can be found at wikipedia

The Hardon Collider merited a mention on the Colbert Report, who is clearly coming to babyspittle for their news.

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The same evening Colbert interviewed Physicist Brian Cox.

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