The Large Hadron Collider – or to give it its hip-hop name, the LHC – is set to return this November but with its power severely reduced.
This is not to say that the LHC will not have enough strength to end the world – it will.
But instead of being able to smash protons at a bone-melting 14 trillion electron volts, it will merely be able to bounce them together at just 7 trillion electron volts.
While 7 trillion electron volts is only half as exciting as 14, when we put this into context, the LHC is still the particle probing daddy. According to
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This is something that Greg Landsberg of Brown University agrees with: "Nature is full of surprises and something exciting and possibly unexpected could happen at 7 TeV," he explained to the New Scientist. "Extra dimensions could easily open up at that energy."
One step at a time, Mr Landsberg. Let's just get the thing up and running first.
Via New Scientist