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The Large Hadron Collider, aka Mr. Black-Holey, made scientists cry this week by breaking.

Including the failure of a 30-ton electrical transformer and then the far more irritating mass leakage of helium from a supercooled chamber which — while hilarious for the scientists in the chamber that the helium leaked into — will have to be warmed and then supercooled again, a long and expensive process.

CERN’s Dr. James Gilles was reported to have commented that having one’s World’s Biggest Collider totally break in a fucked up way is “(…) just an unfortunate fact of life (…).”

Collider to Be Stalled for 2 Months at The New York Times.

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September 20th, 2008 | Daily Space, Techie

2 Responses to “Large Hadron Collider Produces Common ‘Failtron’ Particle”

  1. quagmire Says:

    I read somewhere that ‘Hadron’ is a miss-spelling that stuck. Original name was ‘Hardon’ … Large Hardon Collider.
    Has a nice ring to it, eh?

  2. halcyon Says:

    I think it was John Hodgman saying that, so I’d take it with a grain of liberties.

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