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lhc_otThe Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, is once again out of service. Built to test different theories regarding the movement of various particles, the LHC has spent more time on the shelf JD Drew the last couple of years.

Built at a cost of roughly 3.2-6.4 Swiss francs, this fascinating machine is one disaster after another.

Initially, the LHC was scheduled to be repaired by  April  2009. But now, CERN is saying it may be repaired until the summer of 2009, pushing back the expected due date for what seems like the thousandth time.

“According to spokesperson James Gillies, the complicated repairs can be simplified into modest Plan A and Plan B approach.

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.

Plan B is the more extensive but also more delayed approach, requiring the complete redesign and replacement of the LHC’s entire pressure-relief system. Under this scenario, the LHC wouldn’t go online until 2010 at the earliest, though at that time the system could operate at full power”

Hopefully this colossal waste of money will be back in action sooner rather than later, accomplishing what it set out to, not collecting dust on the sidelines.

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