Sunday, November 22, 2009

An Extraodinary New Era for Science

This weekend, the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle-smashing machine, started up again. By all reports, everything is working brilliantly. Beams of protons entered the pipes and circulated around the 27-km (17 mile) ring in opposite directions, engaging in a graceful, ultra-rapid ballet. In coming weeks, the first collisions will begin and scientists will start analysing the data that may lead to the discovery of the Higgs boson, supersymmetric companions and other long-sought particles. Truly it is an extraordinary era for science!

For more about the Collider:

Collider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles