How did the odd alliance between the European nuclear research organization CERN and the Russian Navy come to be?
The Russian Baltic Navy was the last place CERN ever expected to find brass to manufacture a part of the device’s detectors. According to news sources , the navy donated their surplus unused brass shells for smelting, but the Russian government went one step further. They funded 3% of the six billion dollar project known as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and 70 Russian producers were contracted to manufacture some of the necessary elements. In total, the creation of the Collider involved more than 700 scientists.
When will the Large Hadron Collider burst upon the scene? (Forgive pun.)
Slated for launch later this month, the planned collision of opposing beams of protons cooled with liquid helium and containing a peak energy of 14 TeV (one TeV being equal to the motion of a single mosquito) will hopefully grant researchers insight into the first moments of creation. The LHC lies beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland, and is funded by and built in collaboration with over eight thousand physicists from over eighty-five countries as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories.
Is the Large Hadron Collider safe?
Both the media and the courts have questioned the safety of the Large Hadron Collider, but the consensus in the scientific community is that there is no conceivable threat from the LHC particle collision.
Although everyone seems to know exactly what they are doing, doesn’t all this remind you of that old question:
I wonder what this button is for?