Quick restart of Big Bang machine stuns scientists

GENEVA (AP) — Scientists moved Saturday to prepare the world’s largest atom smasher for exploring the depths of matter after successfully restarting the $10 billion machine following more than a year of repairs.

The nuclear physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider were surprised that they could so quickly get beams of protons whizzing near the speed of light during the restart late Friday, said James Gillies, spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

via The Associated Press: Quick restart of Big Bang machine stuns scientists.

As we understand it, the real experiments have not begun–rather this is a test/calibration event. The proton smashing and the Higgs Boson experiments are yet to come. Want to see cool videos and graphics of yesterday’s re-start? Click here! — PID

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