“the hunt begins for dark matter, new forces, new dimensions and the Higgs boson”

As it turned out the Irish Times’ Dick Ahlstrom was a tad optimistic. About the time, not the end of the world… And, despite the Guardian’s live-blogging Ian Sample’s tongue-in-cheek concern that the early glitches today were due to “the Higgs particle wooing its way back in time and jinxing the machine”, again, at approximately 1300 Central European Summer Time [12pm local] the beams of protons in the Large Hadron Collider at Cern were stabilised and fully aligned and the collisions began at a combined energy of 7 teraelectronvolts (TeV). Within the hour they were already discussing the initial results online. And they’ll be there until 5.15pm. At some point we might find out what the rest of the universe is made of…

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  • Neil

    Sorry Pete, but the Daily Mail has a piece out at the minute, phantom electrical charges in the system have forced a shut down. Looks like those folks from the future have been at their work again…

  • Neil
  • Pete Baker


    That story is about the earlier glitches I mentioned.

    It’s out of date already – as the links in my original post will show.

    I was watching as the collisions began.

  • Neil

    My bad…

  • OscarTheGrouch

    Ah the sound of human achievement and progress. The gentle breeze of Higgs-Boson particles is like a cleansing breath of spring air washing away all the grimy stains of NI politics…..

  • joeCanuck

    There is a small but real chance that the universe exist only in one of our minds. I believe it would be mine, of course. Now if I could only find the off-switch, or at least the dimmer switch to give you all a breather.
    Some philosopher said that once, allowing for a bit of paraphrasing.

  • “the hunt begins for dark matter”

    Sounds like the headline for another Brendan Hughes story…..

    GA better beware the Higgs boson…..