Exploring the OTHER Large Hadron Colliders


Sat, May 28th, 2011 22:00 by capnasty NEWS

What do you mean other? Well, apparently there are three of them, although only the one in Switzerland works. The other two are in the United States and Russia respectively, although both have been abandoned to fund other fun projects:

Congress pulled the plug in 1993 for a couple reasons. The projected budget swelled from about $4.4 billion to $12 billion. Political support for the project had always been shaky, and it essentially came down to whether Congress wanted to fund the International Space Station, or the SSC. The ISS won out.

Recently, a group of young physicists decided to go explore the American one, and posted a series of photos on the Physics Central blog. Considering how long it has been mothballed for, it actually doesn't look so bad.

The same can't be said for the Russian one. No idea what shut them down -- probably the fact that the entire country went bankrupt -- but it is as if everyone just got up and left, leaving the place looking like the set for a science fiction movie from the 50s.



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