What’s happening in Geneva?

In the last few days I’ve had a couple of people ask what is happening with the Large Hadron Collider.

Well, if you want the latest news, you can grab the press releases from http://lhc.web.cern.ch/lhc/News.htm . In short, they are doing various tests, and finding and addressing various problems as they arise. It now looks like November before the collider is ‘fired-up’, (press release 16 July 2009) but initially it will only be running at a paltry 3.5 TeV energy (that’s still a pretty mean machine) while the technicians gain practice with running it – it looks unlikely they’ll take it up to its full 7 TeV until 2011 (press release 6 August 2009).

You’ll see it hit the popular news again, I’m sure, as November approaches.

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