Large Hadron Collider to get fired up again this weekend

Tests are going well, and it looks like CERN may fire up the Large Hardon Collider (LHC) again this weekend. They’ve shown that they can fire protons around the collider, and that the detectors are working. If things continue, they should soon be smashing particles.

You’ll remember that testing has been delayed because on 19 September 2008 a bad electrical connection caused a fault that damaged a bunch of the superconducting magnets. It’s taken over a year to repair that and put in safeguards in light of the fault. I’m sure CERN are anxious to move ahead (but to avoid further delays whilst doing so).

And if you’ve forgotten what they’re trying to prove with all this particle-smashing nonsense, let me remind you: