Bird saves planet by dropping baguette that shuts down LHC

By | November 6, 2009

Bird saves planet by dropping baguette that shuts down LHC

The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, just cannot catch a break. First, a coolant leak destroyed some of the magnets that guide the energy beam. Then LHC officials postponed the restart of the machine to add additional safety features. Now, a bird dropping a piece of bread on a section of the accelerator has, according to the Register, shut down the whole operation.

The bird dropped some bread on a section of outdoor machinery, eventually leading to significant over heating in parts of the accelerator. The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident, but the spike produced so much heat that had the beam been on, automatic failsafes would have shut down the machine.

This incident won’t delay the reactivation of the facility later this month, but exposes yet another vulnerability of the what might be the most complex machine ever built. With freak accident after freak accident piling up over at CERN, the idea of time traveling particles returning from the future to prevent their own discovery is beginning to seem less and less far fetched.

[via The Register]

via Baguette Dropped From Bird’s Beak Shuts Down The Large Hadron Collider (Really) | Popular Science.

If you believe, as a few do, that the LHC will create a black hole which will devour the earth, then thank the bird.

One thought on “Bird saves planet by dropping baguette that shuts down LHC

  1. Cole

    Amazing, it’s as if fate knows it’ll kill us all. I don’t actually believe it will, I’m looking forward to when they start it up. 🙂

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