Matter & Energy: Science news of the year, 2008
The year's best stories on research aiming to understand the fundamentals of matter.
By Science News, 15:25 PM December 18, 2008
On and off for the LHC
Protons take trip around the accelerator
One short trip for a proton, one not-so-giant step for mankind. On September 10, scientists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, successfully steered the first beam of protons around the accelerator’s 27-kilometer track. But just nine days after the initial success, a faulty electrical connection led to a helium leak (SN Online: 9/23/08). The setback, combined with the LHC’s scheduled winter shutdown to save fuel costs, m...
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