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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
I crossed many states just to stand here now, my face all hot with tears / I crossed city, and valley, desert, and stream, to bring my body here
— Woody Guthrie, Remember the Mountain Bed
September 24, 2008
I Don’t Think I Can Wait That Long

I’m a bit impatient sometimes, so I’ve got some old Lego, some AA batteries and a bunch of old hard drive magnets I’m going to put to work:

Collider Operations on Hold Until Next Year
By DENNIS OVERBYE
Published: September 23, 2008

The world’s newest and largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, will not begin operations again until April, officials at the European Center for Nuclear Research said Tues

But last Friday the machine was shut down after an electrical connection between two of the superconducting electromagnets that steer the protons suffered a so-called quench, heating up, melting and leaking helium into the collider tunnel. Liquid helium is used to cool the magnets to superconducting temperatures of only about 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit above absolute zero. Stray heat can cause the magnets to lose their superconductivity with potentially disastrous consequences.

Posted by skooter at 4:00 AM This entry is filed under Politics.
This entry is tagged: CERN, Geneva, Physics, Science

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