Just like the current NASA space program has spun off a coterie of cottage industries (velcro for one and breakthrus in hi quality microvideo technology for aother) and big corporations' tech lab developments for profit... so will this multibillion dollar scientific endeavor. It is the nature of capitalism to seek out profitable ventures from what seems to be "pure" research.

I'm sure there are other folk on this listserv who can bring up many more examples of capitalism benefitting from what seems to be "pure" research. And, yes, textbooks and ebooks are in there along with spectacular Hollywood scifi fliks spinning (pun intended) off dramatales of LHC micro Black holes gobbling up Earth and Galaxies....

In Struggle,

Sam Anderson

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Subject: Re: A Global 9/11? Large Hadron Collider to Start on 9/10

I have no doubt that the LHC will destroy the earth if not the entire solar system, but could someone explain how it is going to yield profits for Big Capital? Unless Sam is talking about the physics textbook market.


On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 10:34 PM, Sam Anderson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
An $18Billion capitalist investment ready to either yield profits for Big Capital and/or put PlanetEarth in Harms Way...

August 8, 2008

Date Set for Operation of Large Hadron Collider

Physicists, start your engines.

Officials at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, outside Geneva, announced Thursday that their new particle accelerator, the world's largest, would begin operation on Sept. 10. On that date, the physicists and engineers will make the first attempt to circulate a beam of protons around a 17-mile-long super-cooled underground racetrack known as the Large Hadron Collider.

The collider, 14 years and $8 billion in the making, has been built to smash together protons that have been accelerated to energies of 7 trillion electron volts, and examine the remains for clues to the origin of mass and new forces and particles in the universe.

But the collisions will not happen immediately. The first step on the journey to new physics will happen this weekend, when engineers test their method of injecting high-energy protons, which are produced in a separate accelerator, the Super Proton Synchrotron, into the collider by sending a batch through one part of the racetrack.

In September, the first protons to circle the entire ring will have a relatively modest energy of 450 billion electron volts. Once the physicists and engineers have learned to drive their new machine and had a few collisions at that energy, they will ramp up the energy as fast as they can to 5 trillion electron volts — unexplored territory.

"Our main objective is to get to 5 TeV," Lyn Evans, project director at CERN, said in an e-mail message. "How long it will take, I don't know, but with the quality of the instrumentation, software, and above all the people we have, I am optimistic."

Once they get up to speed later this fall, the collider will run for a month or two of "pilot physics."

CERN shuts down for the winter to save money on its electric bill. While it sleeps, engineers will "train" the superconducting magnets that steer the energetic particles around their track to handle the high currents needed to produce fields strong enough to bend the paths of 7-trillion-electron-volt protons. When the collider awakens again in the spring it will be at full strength, and physicists will be face to face with their dreams.

author of "The Black Holocaust for Beginners"

Michael Balter
Contributing Correspondent, Science
Adjunct Professor of Journalism,
Boston University

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