LHC too cool/broken for its own good; helium-based hilarity ensues

In case you haven’t heard, our old friend, the Large Hadron Collider, is broken.

CERN had to fast-track the winter shutdown after a break [a ‘quench’? How cute!] between two of the super-duper magnets sent tonnes of helium leaking into the outer tunnel. HA HA! I challenge you not to laugh at the idea of flustered Swiss scientists in safety suits running about underground and yelling into walkie-talkies… in really really high-pitched squeaky voices.

Anyway, the inherent coolness of the LHC (somewhere around absolute zero) is proving to be somewhat of an impediment to speedy repair. Send engineers down there now, and they’d come back (or not) looking like this:

Liquid Nitrogen -- Terminator 2
(from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991),
images via brneurosci and futurelooks)

So after all that time and money getting the LHC really cold, they’ve got to warm it up again.

Not cool, CERN. Not cool at all.

First published at tumblr Proof (v.)

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