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Thu Jun 13, 2013, 12:00 PM

Japan mulls building next supercollider


(Reuters) - The government has decided to solicit construction in Japan of the International Linear Collider (ILC), a next-generation particle accelerator that will allow physicists to explore rudimentary questions about the universe, the Nikkei said.

The ILC will complement the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson - a particle understood to impart mass, the business daily said.

The project is seen to measure up to the International Space Station and the ITER nuclear fusion project. Building the ILC in Japan would mark the first time that the country plays the central role in a major international research project, the Nikkei said.

The project was set in motion when an international team of scientists and others drafted a report on the engineering design of the ILC on Wednesday, the paper said.

Construction costs are estimated to total 830 billion yen ($8.67 billion) and the project is expected to generate 530,000 jobs, the Nikkei said.


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At least some countries are still thinking about advancing basic science. I hope they do it.

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tridim Jun 2013 #1
longship Jun 2013 #2
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dimbear Jun 2013 #4

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 12:09 PM

1. Is the island stable enough for a particle collider?

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Response to tridim (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 12:17 PM

2. Ask the people who worked at SLAC.

The SLAC National Accelerator Lab. SLAC stands for Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

Located in that "geologically stable" state of California.

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Response to longship (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 01:33 PM

3. Well yes, but I doubt they'd build a billion-dollar supercollider in CA now.

A quick google shows that faults are a definite concern when locating supercolliders. Japan is basically all fault lines.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 07:41 PM

4. I would wager money the Nikkei did not say it hoped to investigate rudimentary questions.

Maybe fundamental questions.

Lost in translation.

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