Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Successful powerup, overreported news

It's difficult to avoid news about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN today. For my part, I find it difficult to get excited about the LHC. I find it even harder to get excited at the mere fact that it has been powered up. Perhaps when protons start colliding, things might get exciting.
As to those foos who think that the LHC might cause a block hole that will destroy the earth, here is a useful website to keep you up to date:

There are some pretty stunning photos of the beast at National Geographic though.
And there is also a surprising excellent News Feature by Cory Doctorow in Nature about data storage, discussing in part how the CERN will handle the massive amounts of data that will be generated by the LHC experiments.