LHC's $21 Million Single Joint Failure is the Most Expensive Soldering…

The Large Hadron Collider » 11/17/08 2:20pm 11/17/08 2:20pm, the world's most complicated machine that was felled by a single faulty solder joint , won't be back until summer 2009 now, at the earliest—a few months later than . And at what cost? $21 million in repairs. A drop in the bucket when the full $10 billion budget is considered, yes, but let's…

One Billion People Tuned in to See the LHC Break

The CERN scientists said the LHC's big malfunction » 9/21/08 12:00pm 9/21/08 12:00pm this weekend was the result of a "faulty electrical connection between two magnets that stopped superconducting, melted and led to a mechanical failure and let the helium out," but we snarky Internet folk know better. It was performance anxiety! With more than tuning…

LHC Repair Update: Temperature Must Be Raised so Repairmen Don't Die

In case you were still worried about the LHC bringing on the biblical apocalypse » 9/20/08 4:00pm 9/20/08 4:00pm, you can calm down, because it turns out the Collider is going to be out of commission for a lot longer than previously thought. wasn't the cause of the shutdown at all, and the real problem means the LHC won't be back up and running for…

Monitor Large Hadron Collider's Magnet Temperatures With Real Time…

Yeah, yeah, the Large Hadron Collider is in no real danger of accidentally opening up a black hole that swallows the world when it's finally fired up on August 7. We know. But still, we sometimes like to pretend it is, and this is where Cern's LHC cooldown status website comes in. Using it you can track the current… » 7/23/08 9:30am 7/23/08 9:30am