The Large Hadron Collider at CERN will fire up Wednesday morning, though “it might take a month or two to ramp up the proton energies to five trillion electron volts—as high as the machine will go before shutting down for the winter—and collide them.” A few unscientific minds have suggested the world will end when our physicist friends throw the switch. It’s simply not true, and if it is, you’ll never be able to call me on it. Plus I’ll never have to make that dental appointment.
Here’s a very good explanation of the process by a team member, whom you may remember playing keyboards in the background of the video for the UK hit “Things Can Only Get Better.” Who says the universe doesn't have a sense of humor?
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