Large Hadron Collider News
The countdown towards the Big Bang can start again. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has announced that the Large Hadron Collider will be raging to go this October.
Indeed the scientists behind the project believe they now know how to prevent the problems that previously caused the machine to shut down last September after just 9 days of trials. Apparently the machine overheated thanks to a faulty splice in the super-conducting cable connecting two cooler magnets.
The £5.5 billion machine is meant to simulate the conditions of the beginning of the universe, about 14 billion years ago. There were some who feared it could create a black hole. These fears will no doubt remerge.
However, before you go and tell your boss what you think of him and borrow a million pounds from a loan shark I would advise you to wait. The 27 km ring has after all got 10'000 splices, which could potentially cause the whole thing to shut down again. Plus similar to when man started building rockets, things are bound to go wrong before they get it right. I would say we are safe from CERN punching a black hole into our reality for at least another 20 years or so.