What, no Boom?

Well the world didn’t end on Monday. What, you ask, could have possibly been the cause for concern? Well the Large Hadron Collider outside of Geneva was started after many delays.

“Today the LHC circulated two beams simultaneously for the first time, allowing the operators to test the synchronization of the beams and giving the experiments their first chance to look for proton-proton collisions. With just one bunch of particles circulating in each direction, the beams can be made to cross in up to two places in the ring. From early in the afternoon, the beams were made to cross at points 1 and 5, home to the ATLAS and CMS detectors, both of which were on the lookout for collisions. Later, beams crossed at points 2 and 8, ALICE and LHCb.”

Tin foil hat crowd aside this is a big day for science and humanity. We are one small step closer to understand some of the fundamental building blocks of our universe. The $9 billion price tag is a small price to pay for expanding the limits of our knowledge.

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