Thursday, January 13, 2011

US shuts down its most powerful collider

The Large Hadron Collider has been in the news as physicists search for the Higgs boson, a.k.a. the "God particle," a theorized building block of the universe. The Tevatron in the U.S., wile less powerful, is America's pre-eminent physics instrument and also has a chance to discover the Higgs (a sure Nobel Prize event). Now we're shutting it down. Budget cuts.
COMMENT: We can, it seems, no longer afford our leadership in science and technology. Just one citizen's depressed opinion.

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