About that second paragraph, I still wonder if I did the right thing. When I worked for the U.S. Senate a third of a century ago, a group of mostly Democratic staffers got together to kill the Superconducting Supercollider. It took us (well, I was hardly a factor, actually) more than a decade, but, the politics of those times, more than anything else, in 1993, succeeded in actually assassinating the program when all the tunneling was mostly complete (actually, only 15 miles) and 2,000 people were already hired.
Interestingly enough, $8 billion then is worth more than $13 billion today, about the cost of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). However, our Waxahachi (near Dallas/Fort Worth) facility had a circumference of 54 miles, and the LHC is only 16.8 miles. More so, the maximum planned collision energy was to be 40 Tev. The LHC operated at 8 TeV to find the Higgs Boson, and is now up to 14 TeV to detect Dark Matter. We would have more than a decade ago accomplished what they are now doing in Europe, and more. I would speculate that we would have detected Dark Matter by now. As a matter of fact, the tunnel is still there. Why should CERN bother to drill another one when America has one ready for use? If nothing else, this should make a heck of a shelter from nuclear war or killer asteroids, and the whole thing is on sale for only $20 million. By the way, can you believe Texas is this big?
- That $8 billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has now cost $13.25 billion and will soon zoom past $15 billion.
- That International Linear Collider (ILC), a U.S./U.K. effort, has gone nowhere, with Japan as the current favorite, for that country has suggested they would pay half the expenses. On the other hand, Fukushima might have changed the financial equation.
- Why do we need two supercolliders? Well, the LHC provides a circular path, while the ILC is linear, and ten times longer than the Stanford linear accelerator.
- What is the value of finding Dark Matter?
- Our Universe is made up of 12 different kind of particles and four forces.
- There are six quarks (make up protons and neutrons) and six leptons (electrons and neutrinos).
- The four forces are gravity, electromagnetic, strong and weak.