LHC may only return after 2010

Great news! The large hadron collider might not be back online till after 2010. Doomsday has once again been postponed:

LHC Might Not Be Back Online Until 2010 or Later

When the LHC first went down, it was believed that repairs could get the system up and running by April 2009. Then we saw repairs pushing the timeline back to summer 2009. But now, CERN has arrived at a fork in the road regarding LHC repairs.

Plan A is a quick and dirty fix, getting the particle accelerator online as quickly as possible (late summer 2009) at the cost of operating at lower power. In this scenario, 3 of 8 pressure relief-system segments are replaced (only the broken ones) with the other 5 getting upgraded at unsaid maintenance dates in the future.

As of right now, the team is moving ahead with Plan A in the interest of getting data as soon as possible. Since we have absolutely no way of knowing which course of action is best, we’ll just support whatever the crazy physics geniuses decide.

Sometimes I wonder if these research would after have any form of technological benefit eventually. I’m all for building strange spooky science stuff but it is with the hope that somehow it would bring us better laptop batteries and more advanced computer chips or something. I guess I am not too interested in big bang or whatever.

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