Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Activist tries to stop the Big Bang

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7607363.stm
Scientists at the Cern research centre in Switzerland will attempt to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang, to try to answer the most fundamental questions of the universe.

But someone has tried to stop the boffins from doing their work. Shouldn't we all be questioning this experiment a little? I like the way the reporter couldn't say which beer company it was!

While working on the LHC's predecessor, a machine called the Large-Electron Positron Collider, engineers found two beer bottles wedged into the beam pipe - a deliberate, one-off act of sabotage.

The culprits - who were drinking a particular brand which advertising once claimed would "refresh the parts other beers cannot reach" - were never found.

If all goes well on Wednesday, and the beam makes one turn, engineers will "close the orbit", allowing the beam to circulate continuously around the LHC. read more...

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