Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider is the world's largest particle accelerator. It straddles the border of France and Switzerland. The collider was in operation for about a week last September when a fault with the super-conducting magnets caused six tonnes of liquid helium to escape into the tunnel. When it is finally on-line again it will either reveal to physicists the secrets of the beginning of the Universe or create a miniature black hole that will destroy the Earth. These images make it look like a freakin' time machine:

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