Following two false starts due to electrical failures, protons whipped to more than 99 percent of the speed of light and to energy levels of 3.5 trillion electron volts apiece around a 17-mile underground magnetic racetrack outside of Geneva a little after 1 p.m. local time. They crashed together inside apartment-building sized detectors designed to capture every evanescent flash and fragment from microscopic fireballs thought to hold insights into the beginning of the world.I'm just relieved we weren't swallowed by a black hole.
March 30, 2010
"After 16 years and $10 billion — and a long morning of electrical groaning and sweating — there was joy..."
Scientists jubilate over whatever it is the Hadron collider did.