“At these energies we are starting to enter a new regime”

Ahead of the start of First Physics at the Large Hadron Collider tomorrow, and I should correct the times for streaming on-line coverage as 7.30am to 5pm local time, the Irish Times has a report on Belfast-born director of accelerators at Cern, Steve Myers, at the annual conference of the Institute of Physics in Ireland in Athlone. Meanwhile, The Guardian’s Science Blog interviews Cern physicist Jon Butterworth on the [cautious] way forward

So, the first results are in. The detectors work well. The theoretical models are reasonable, but can be improved. We’re not at the stage of reporting really exciting new physics yet, but it is interesting and important for firming up our knowledge as we step into the unknown. As we go there, we should all be sure to first report what we see, and only then have a go at interpreting it.

Then we might find out what the rest of the universe is made of… Or not…

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