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Large Hadron Collider to run until 2012

By T.K. Randall
February 2, 2011 · Comment icon 12 comments



Image Credit: Julian Herzog
Plans for an extended shutdown for the LHC have been postponed until the end of 2012.
The machine had been due to be shut down at the end of 2011 so that it could be prepared to produce seven teraelectronvolts beams. US particle collider "the Tevatron" has not been renwed at all due to budget issues and if it shuts down the LHC will be the only machine in the world capable of finding the elusive Higgs boson particle.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is to continue operating in 2012 after officials dropped plans for an extended shut down at the end of this year. The decision by managers at Cern - the organisation that runs the LHC - was announced in an advisory report.


Source: BBC News | Comments (12)


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Comment icon #3 Posted by LOOKIN-UP-2 12 years ago
Hmmmmm....connection here? I agree, you have to believe* something good will come about. If there is Millions of people all sitting around Dec. 21,2012, in absolute fear, then that much negativity will possibly have an effect on the "moment". Think positive! Be positive !
Comment icon #4 Posted by Cosmic2012 12 years ago
@Kitana2010 I like the way you think. Kudos to you! @LOOKIN-UP-@ Always thinking positive
Comment icon #5 Posted by Davedini 12 years ago
Mhh the Higgs Particle gotta love the idea. Yeah they postpone the shutdown til 2012 maybe they believe as well that something will happen. Yes the Mayans are very interesting to read up on. It's suppose to be the end of a cycle and the start of a new one but the end and starting point happen to line us up with the center of our universe. (could be possible that something will happen because of that) But i really like the theories on what could happen if we find the Higgs Particle. The possibility of creating a black hole which is a scary thought but then they think it could open up a worm hol... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by 27vet 12 years ago
Einstein said, "A little knowlege is dangerous. So is a lot."
Comment icon #7 Posted by Paracelse 12 years ago
Didn't know the Maya ever heard of Swiss-French Alps before? Nowhere in the article anyone mention prophecies? Unless there are some subliminal messages in the text to which I'm impervious..
Comment icon #8 Posted by EternalBlizzard 12 years ago
hmm it's us who make the future i see they are trying to change the prophecy but it's better to be alert right
Comment icon #9 Posted by Kitana2010 12 years ago
@ Paracelse lol, no the article doesn't mention anything about prophecy, but boring articles need to be spiced up occasionally I wasn't going to comment until I saw the 1st poster. Kinda got off topic from there. haha. either way, I think its awesome they are leaving the LHC running. Lets hope for some BIG news soon!
Comment icon #10 Posted by tipotep 12 years ago
Looking forward to more updates on the HCS - i trully believe that its our best chance of making a special discovery that could change the world - lets just hope its for the good - and not a monster black hole TiP.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Paracelse 12 years ago
@ Paracelse lol, no the article doesn't mention anything about prophecy, but boring articles need to be spiced up occasionally I wasn't going to comment until I saw the 1st poster. Kinda got off topic from there. haha. either way, I think its awesome they are leaving the LHC running. Lets hope for some BIG news soon! Maybe it will be the last news we hear Kitana, when we know who turned it on .. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/4687152/Tom-Hanks-to-switch-on-repaired-Large-Hadron-Collider.html
Comment icon #12 Posted by Twinkle Arora is back 12 years ago
Nah. I believe in the 2012 prophecy, but not that the end results will be an apocolypse. Anyone who takes the time to read the facts behind the mayan calender will come to find Dec 21st 2012 is actually the start of a NEW calender, not the end of days. Its a cycle. In fact, what I read said that the mayans believed that date to be very signifant in the fact something GOOD will happen. Perople will gain a new perspective on life, and the universe. Maybe the LHC is destined to find the god particle, evidence of a parallel universe, new technology to seek alien life.. who knows. We're at a turnin... [More]


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