No catastrophe yet, but they turned the LHC on.
Science rode a beam of subatomic particles and a river of champagne into the future on Wednesday.
After 14 years and $8 billion, scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, outside Geneva, succeeded in turning on the most powerful microscope ever built for investigating the elemental particles and forces of nature.
At 4:27 a.m., Eastern time, the protons made their first circuit around a 17-mile-long racetrack known as the Large Hadron Collider, 300 feet underneath the Swiss French border, and then made a return journey.
You recall what one of the LHC proponents had to say about the nay-sayers. So shh, we’ll be fine.