Can a seventeen-mile-long collider unlock the universe?

Dec 15, 2011 Full story: www.newyorker.com
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The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, has its offices on the outskirts of Geneva, in an area once devoted to dairy farms and now given over to sprawl. The offices occupy several dozen buildings, some of them in Switzerland and the remainder, a few hundred yards away, in France. The buildings are reachable by roads with names like Route Bohr, Route Schrödinger, and Route Curie.

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“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#1 Dec 15, 2011
I'm all for scientific research, but I really don't see the benefit to mankind by proving a theoretical subatomic particle actually exists.

Seems like that $4 billion could have been spent actually helping real people in the real world today.

“Watch out for snakes!”

Since: Mar 08

Over There

#2 Dec 15, 2011
How much fossil fuel generated electricity does it take to power this thing? I notice there isn't any mention of alternative energy in the article or what it consumes

Since: Dec 11

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#3 Dec 15, 2011
1,000 GWh annual. It does not produce any of its own power (though it does have diesel generators as a back-up to run essential services in the event of a power outage)

http://lhc-machine-outreach.web.cern.ch/lhc-m...

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