Well, it's official. We're all still here. The Large Hadron Collider fired up in Switzerland this morning, creating nothing but the biggest advancement in science

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A Drink to the Large Hadron Collider

Well, it's official. We're all still here. The Large Hadron Collider fired up in Switzerland this morning, creating nothing but the biggest advancement in science in forever. The LHC will be able to accelerate particles to near the speed of light, and scientists hope to use it to get a better understanding of all the cool no-see-em theoretical particles like the Higgs boson (aka The God particle--sorry Sarah!), and maybe explain dark matter. Oooh....

Scientists also hope to gain insight into the big bang, but many naysayers worried a collision of particles at this speed could create a mini black hole that would grow to swallow the Earth. Cool! Well, it hasn't (as far as we know). This is a big deal for nerds everywhere. This is the kind of progress that, in science fiction, leads to other cool things like ultradrives, antimatter, and extra dimensions. WooT!

I spent a ton of free time at Fermilab growing up (a now not-so-super collider in Illinois); it's one of my favorite places on Earth. I've been waiting for this day for a looong time. So I must drink to it with my own creation.

The Higgs boson

In a large shot glass or Champagne glass with an extra-short bowl, layer:

1/4 ounce Yellow Chartreuse

1/4 ounce Green Chartreuse (off the back of a spoon, touching the glass)

1 ounce brandy or cognac

splash of Aquavit (off the back of a spoon)

Nobody makes pousse-cafés anymore (complicated drinks where you layer one liqueur on top of another). The first two sips of this one are worth the whole trouble, as the different components mix more and more, like agitated particles, creating a mini big bang in your mouth on sip number three.

Cern Project log so far

How Hadron works, and why Steven Hawking thinks it's important

 
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