Short Circuit Delays Restart Of The Large Hadron Collider

Short Circuit Delays Restart Of The Large Hadron Collider

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Scientists working on the European Organization for Nuclear Research’s (CERN) Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have stated that the imminent restart of the LHC has been postponed because of a short-circuit in the wiring of one of the vital magnets.

The LHC, which is also the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, was due to restart later this week at much higher energies after a hiatus of over two years. However, the reopening of the machine has now been delayed.

CERN released a statement: “Current indications suggest a delay of between a few days and several weeks. A full assessment is ongoing, and a revised schedule will be announced as soon as it is known. The problem was a well understood issue, but it would take time to resolve it because the glitch was located in a cold section of the machine.”

The machine, which last operated in 2013, was closed for two years to undergo a refit. It was now expected to run, first for a two-month warming up period, during which beams of protons would begin circulating in the 17-mile ring of superconducting magnets, the collider is scheduled to recommence full-fledged operations in May.

Scientists at CERN then hoped that the juiced up collider, which functions by accelerating beams of protons and ions to near the speed of light, would give a glimpse of the unseen dark universe made of the mysterious ‘dark matter.’

Dark matter makes up about 96% of the stuff of the universe but can only be detected by its influence on visible matter around it.

CERN’s scientists have expressed disappointment at the last-minute problem, in just one of the underground machine’s eight sectors, which have been rewired and checked thoroughly during the closedown. However, CERN Director General Rolf Heuer has stated that the problem is not severe.

Heuer said, “All the signs are good for a great run 2. In the grand scheme of things, a few weeks delay in humankind’s quest to understand our universe is little more than the blink of an eye.”

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  • david brinton

    All because of a short circuit?!! You’d think with all the money they spend on that thing, somebody would make sure the circuits are all the right length.

  • Sam Davis

    I’m glad that the thing is delayed. Weakening our solar shield ( magnetosphere ) is dangerous. I don’t care about the possibility of anti-matter or a black hole consuming our earth, but possibly grabbing and shifting our magnetic poles. I feel like hubris of these scientists could destroy us. To be clear, I was all in for the first shot, until I delved deeper into the possible unexpected consequences. That short circuit and the delay to me are great news, it means I get a little more time with my kids until these over zealous scientist knock us back into the stone age. I am all for the pursuit of knowledge but something like this should not be done within our atmosphere. Magnetic forces are not things we ,or even the most knowledged of scientists fully comprehend and therefore not something we should try to mess with in such a high power range. There is plenty of information out that explains what will happen should our poles shift, none of them mean good things for us. I suggest further research into what they could do to the planet before they pump the amount of power they plan on doing into that thing. Or have a contingency place to save the planet before the next “run”. I hope I and many others are wrong, but I will still live in fear of that thing while it inside our planet so close to our magnetic generator that has kept us all safe long before our own existence.

  • Tangible666

    That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. May God have mercy on your soul.

  • Sam Davis

    Please, if you are so enlightened, add your two cents. Don’t just call me dumb. What do you know? Who do listen to for you knowledge? I am referencing the words of Stephen Hawking, Neil degrasse tyson and nassim haramein. All three of whom believe this thing to be dangerous. Now I don’t know how many doctorates you have but I doubt more than the three of them. But again if you know something they don’t, I am open minded enough to hear it. As far as mercy on my soul.. I have faith, I’ll leave it at that but thanks for your concern.

  • PrinceAshitaka

    welcome to the internet, right?

  • PrinceAshitaka

    he’s not dumb. Quantum physics is weird and we’re just shooting stuff at other stuff like it ain’t no thing.

  • PrinceAshitaka

    its a one of a kind machine. you can’t just buy spare parts at Radio Shack.

  • Carl Blackman

    some miss information here. the LHC has been up and test running for over 6 weeks, just no beam particles colliding. been powering up the magnets and even a few reported beam shots into concrete barriers for testing, so why this story about it NOT RUNNING?
    it was on and powered up during the crash of this last A320 which was not too far away from CERN?