Large Hadron Collider turned back on

Buttons glow in the control room of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva on April 5, 2012. At 0:38 CEST this morning, the LHC shift crew declared "stable beams" as two 4 TeV proton beams were brought into collision at the LHC's four interaction points. The collision energy of 8 TeV is a new world record, and increases the machine's potential to solve perplexing scientific questions. Top of the list: confirming the existence of the Higgs boson, a hypothetical particle posited to explain why matter has mass. Photo: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse


  1. It tickles me that there’s an “on” and an “off” button in what must be a very complex control room.  Also, I’d think the “on” switch should be guarded as well.  

  2. As I look at the picture I keep hearing a humming sound as if I just walked into an Aperture Science or Black Mesa facility…

  3. “I think it is time we demonstrated the full power of this station. Set your course for Alderaan.”

  4. The little red light needs to say “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” 

  5. I wonder if when they started it up somebody said “Commence primary ignition.”?

  6. The lack of protection on the “On” button makes some sense because it is generally continuously on while powered.  I worry more about what looks like a fairly flimsy protector on the “Off” button because turning it off costs millions of dollars.

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