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Tevatron atom smasher closes down

By T.K. Randall
October 2, 2011 · Comment icon 6 comments

Image Credit: Fermilab
Fermilab's Tevatron particle accelerator has been shut down after 30 years of research and discoveries.
The closure is mainly due to the dominance of the European Large Hadron Collider, Fermilab scientists will now work on a number of smaller projects to make progress in other areas. "We need to move on to those aspects of physics where we can put our mark," said Fermilab director Pier Oddone.
The Tevatron, which accelerates and collides protons and antiprotons in a four-mile-long underground ring, has been replaced by the Large Hadron Collider under the French-Swiss border, which began operating in March 2010.


Source: Reuters | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by StarMountainKid 13 years ago
$36 million dollars is probably less than the U.S. government has spent on over priced toilet seats, wrenches and nuts and bolts in the last year.
Comment icon #2 Posted by questionmark 13 years ago
$36 million dollars is probably less than the U.S. government has spent on over priced toilet seats, wrenches and nuts and bolts in the last year. There where nobody wants to pay taxes even 36 million is too much,
Comment icon #3 Posted by Paracelse 13 years ago
There where nobody wants to pay taxes even 36 million is too much, Army could stop paying contractors to do their work... like blackwater
Comment icon #4 Posted by Device 13 years ago
I dunno about all this. Let me tell you - none of it will benefit mankind as a whole. It wont cause world peace. Atoms, pfft.
Comment icon #5 Posted by MrSkeptical 13 years ago
The sole purpose of these expensive facilities is to prove the reality of human theoretical deductions. Aren't humans smart enough to do it in a less expensive way?
Comment icon #6 Posted by ShadowSot 13 years ago
I dunno about all this. Let me tell you - none of it will benefit mankind as a whole. It wont cause world peace. Atoms, pfft. Neither will your tv set, or your computer, or your cell phone. At least, not directly. For that matter, no one at the time knew what the applications of electricity, or the discovery of radio waves. Now, with that said, I'm not that bothered with Fermi closing. The work being done there is now being done at the LHC, it's served it's purpose, and did wonderful at it. Personally, I'm more concerned with the closing of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, which provid... [More]


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