Again? Really?

The Large Hadron Collider is going to be down for another year, namely 2012, so they can make it more robust and failsafe. In other words, they’re shutting it down for a year to avoid another 14-month shutdown like that of 2008-09. They won’t start running it at 7 trillion electron volts (that’s 1.21 gigawatts, more or less, right?) until 2013 at the earliest.

That gives the crafty, elusive Higgs boson a couple years to figure out its next obfuscation strategy.

CORRECTION: The LHC is scheduled to run at 7 TeV very soon (the Fermilab Tevitron tops out at 1 TeV).  After the year off, they plan to get it up to 14 TeV, as it was designed to do.

ANOTHER CORRECTION? The most recent thing I found says it is just now running at 3.5 TeV, and will get up to 7 TeV after the one year shutdown. But really, at this point, who cares? I know that the Pacific Ocean is a lot deeper than Lake Michigan, but if you drop me in the middle of either one, I ain’t makin’ it to shore.


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