Sep 10, 2008
Today CERN started its LHC.
Today CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has successfully started its collimators that are used in the tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider or LHC. The LHC is the biggest supercollider in the world and is also be largest machine in the world.
Scientists around the world will be watching closely today when their colleagues in Switzerland flip the switch on what is being touted as the world's grandest experiment in particle physics.
If all goes according to plan, the Large Hadron Collider, a gigantic particle accelerator underground near Geneva, could re-create the very moment 13 billion years ago when scientists believe a tremendous explosion known as the "big bang" created the universe.
"It could be the most exciting thing since Einstein," said Yale Professor Paul Tipton, part of a multinational research team, including physicists at Yale and Fairfield University, that has spent years designing and building the collider.
Now what has that to do with Mindstorms?
Engineers at CERN chose National Instruments products (like Labview) to control the collimators. As many of you know Labview is also the base of the NXT-G programming language....
NI video about CERN
Google News on LHC