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Every Move You Make… September 23, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in LHC, press.

Here is a bit of news that showed up on CNET:

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, the organization that built the LHC, announced Thursday that a transformer that helps cool part of the collider had malfunctioned, forcing operations to be suspended.

Think about that for a minute. CNET – a tech web publication – is following the ups and downs of the LHC. Have we ever had that level of interest in a HEP experiment before!? Not that I’m aware of. I remember the Fermilab start-up and even then no one tracked it like this.

One thing about the article:

No word on why it took CERN so long to let us know about the malfunction, though.

I don’t know for sure, but I can guess: they aren’t used to this level of press interest. So telling the press exactly what is going on with the machine gets done after everything else is taken care of (how to fix, implement the plan, etc.).

I wonder if they will have the latest magnet quench web page? We should write a desktop widget which has LHC status. 🙂



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