Ever hear of the Superconducting Super Collider in Texas which was cancelled by the Democrat controlled Congress and Bill Clinton in 1993?!?<quoted text>
Ever heard of CERN straddling the French-Swiss border? Ever heard how close they are to definitely "finding" the Higgs-Boson particle?
It would have been far bigger and powerful than the Swiss one and would have probably solved that question.
Comparison to the Large Hadron Collider[edit source | editbeta]
The SSC's planned collision energy of 40 TeV is almost three times the current 14 TeV of its European counterpart, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva.
The SSC cost was due largely to the massive civil engineering project of digging a huge tunnel underground. The LHC, in contrast, took over the pre-existing engineering infrastructure and 27 km long underground cavern of the Large Electron-Positron Collider, and used innovative magnet designs to bend the higher energy particles into the available tunnel. The LHC eventually cost the equivalent of about 5 billion US dollars to build.