Historic, Gigantic Atom Smasher to Be Demolished

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Lawrence Berkeley National Labratory's Bevatron was the world's largest atom smasher when it was build for $9 million in the early '50s. Soon, it'll be reduced to a pile of rubble.

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The 125,000-square-foot facility was one of the crown jewels of the world of particle physics back then, but at this point its sadly outdated and has outlived its usefulness. But back in the '50s, it earned a Nobel Prize for Emilio Segré and Owen Chamberlain, who discovered the antiproton within a year of the Bevatron's completion.

Just think: how long will it take for us to decide that the Large Hadron Collider is an outdated piece of junk? And what will we be replacing it with? [Wired Science]

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"how long will it take for us to decide that the Large Hadron Collider is an outdated piece of junk?"

First, let's see the darn thing working, and then we'll take it from there.