I stayed up long enough this morning to catch some of the live broadcast at CERN. There were a lot of people standing about, anxiously looking at data on monitors, everyone talking and joking–then all at once, it got DEAD SILENT for like, half a minute. Then a loud cheer exploded–the particle beams had successfully been aligned. It was awesome to see history in the making, but unfortunately, it was about 6 am and I was exhausted from doing so much crap earlier, so I had to zonk out.
But it was so cool to see that they finally got the sucker working!
NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/science/31collider.html
Basic Cliff’s Notes version on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cern