“One short trip for a proton..”

Are we all still here then? The machinery works! And the official CERN press release is here. But, as the Irish Times report notes, there haven’t been any actual collisions yet..

And then, perhaps in the coming weeks, they will pump beams in both directions and smash the particles together – but initially at low intensity. Later, probably near the end of the year, they will move on to produce tiny collisions that will recreate the heat and energy of the Big Bang, a concept of the origin of the universe that now dominates scientific thinking.

The Guardian, bless ’em, are live-blogging today’s event.. Adds RTÉ live has online all day coverage. And A second beam has now gone successfully around the collider in a counter-clockwise direction.

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