Large Hadron Collider sets world record, now the most powerful collider in town

CERN's Large Hadron Collider always had the chops to be the new proton accelerating sheriff in town, but this morning in Geneva the monstrous 17-mile-ring finally proved it. The LHC "accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV," according to CERN, making it the "world's highest energy particle accelerator." 1.18 TeV is head and shoulders above the previous world record of 0.98 TeV, which was set in 2001 by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory's Tevatron collider in Illinois.

What's even more impressive is that the LHC is still just warming up. It's only been online for 10 days, and saw its first low energy collision a week ago. When the LHC starts getting serious in the first quarter of 2010, it will supposedly be causing collisions at 7 TeV — or 3.5 TeV per beam.

CERN, via Scientific American