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Dear Ed,

Given the fact that the Metro chose to deliver and extra science column to the now working LHC,I would like to respond to Tom Radford,who suggested it was "cheering up a load of bespectacled nerds". As my brother had cause to point out to "City Life" magazine - 'nerd' is a contraction of "never do well",and is often used with regard to scientists,who have basically invented everything and made everyone's lives better. Perhaps Mr Radford has no cause to understand the world he lives in, and prefers ignorance and not taking the benefit of modern civilised inventions. The "never do wells" have actually done very well thankyou very much,with or without the derision foisted on them by the likes of Mr Radford.

So scientists are trying to prove a made-up theory (the big bang) by trying to prove another made-up theory (the Higgs boson) with a broken machine. Nice!

Dear Ed,
Considering the number of articles that the Metro carries about scientific theories and how the British were "almost" behind every scientific discovery and the fact that you print Micro Cosm,and other stories seemingly cropped from New Scientist,I would have thought that you would have been as offronted as I was by Daniel's text which like many who are ignorant of what science gets up to, feel they have to carp and whine about things of which they have little understanding. Perhaps if Daniel had taken the time to listen to Brian Cox who was just broadcast on BBC, he would realise that the potential for anyone to power electronic devices in the future, is wholly dependent on the kind of experiments that he so able to pour scorn upon. It is because of people like Daniel that this country does not hold the people who are solving our upcoming problems, in esteem.

Problems Hit New Search For 'God Particle'

l 2 hours 13 mins ago © Sky News 2010 Buzz Up! Print Story

Scientists working on the world's biggest "atom smasher" have made another attempt to locate what has been dubbed the "God Particle", but their efforts have already been hampered by technical problems.

The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva could reveal more about how the universe is composed, if scientists manage to collide beams of protons. But the first two attempts at collisions have failed. Steve Myers, head of accelerators at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, said the first beams were lost when a power supply tripped, and the second try was hampered by a problem with the new magnet protection system. The $10bn project has been described as the world's largest scientific experiment. Two beams of protons began 10 days ago to speed at high energy in opposite directions around the 17-mile tunnel under the Swiss-French border at Geneva. The beams have been pushed to 3.5 trillion electron volts, the highest energy achieved by any physics accelerator. Scientists are now attempting to force the two beams to cross, creating collisions and showers of particles. But it could take days to get any of the particles to collide. The aim is to find the much talked-about Higgs boson particle which is thought to play a key role in the structure of the Universe, and would help scientists explain why matter has mass. Detractors fear the collisions will create black holes that could swallow the earth. However, the scientists say the holes will not be powerful enough to bring mankind to a premature end. The LHC created a sensation when it was launched in 2008, with fears that it would lead to the end of the world, but technical faults put it out of action for a year. A faulty electrical connection between two of the accelerator's magnets caused the system to fail. It suffered another setback in November 2009 when a "bit of baguette", thought to have been dropped by a bird, fell onto machinery and caused a fault. Conspiracy theorists claim the machine is aware of its own power and is deliberately breaking down to avoid the destruction of the universe.

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