“The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 kilometer (17 mile) long particle accelerator straddling the border of Switzerland and France, is nearly set to begin its first particle beam tests. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is preparing for its first small tests in early August, leading to a planned full-track test in September – and the first planned particle collisions before the end of the year. The final step before starting is the chilling of the entire collider to -271.25 C (-456.25 F). Here is a collection of photographs from CERN, showing various stages of completion of the LHC and several of its larger experiments (some over seven stories tall), over the past several years.”
You can read the full story here at The Boston Globe. There is also 27 absolutely spectacular photos of the collider companioned with the story.
The internet may someday be obsolete if Cern can find a way to give us access to what they are now calling ‘The Grid’. Scientists at Cern claim the lightening fast replacement is capable of downloading entire feature films in seconds at speeds 10,000 times faster than broadband. It could also harness the kind of power needed to transmit holographic images, make online gaming instantaneous between thousands of gamers and allow for high definition phone conversations all for the price of a local phone call. Wow.
Professor of Physics at Glasgow University, David Britton has stated that he thinks the Grid could ‘revolutionize’ society. He claims, “With this kind of computing power, future generation will have the ability to collaborate and communicate in ways older people like me cannot even imagine.”
The grid will become more apparent later this summer after Cern switches on their Large Hadron Collider. LHC is a particle accelerator built to probe the origin of the universe. The grid was essentially created to capture the large amount of data it is expected to generate. The LHC is even more notable than the grid and if you haven’t heard about it, you should read up on it because it just might change the world as we know it.
If you want to read the rest of the story about the grid, you can do so here.