road to nowhere

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Road to nowhere

According to almost all publications in this field of research, the Hadron Collider was one of the biggest news stories of 2009. Unfortunately, there are plans for other types of accelerators which might make such a massive machine completely obsolete.
The Large Hadron Collider is a massive, 27-kilometer wide machine, which uses electromagnets to slowly ramp a proton beam up to high energies and speeds, then collides it together with another beam. The scale of the device is immense and a large reason why it costs 9 billion US$ (before the recent repair bill, for fixing the problems that arose shortly after start-up).
One problem with devices like this is that each of them is essentially its own prototype. Particle accelerators are not devices which can be mass produced … or are they?
Another waste of money, time and insights, caused by scientists and their worship of science as if it would be a god in itself, blind following the wrong path, leading to nowhere….

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