Masterchief Salutes Hadron Collider's New Name: HALO

September 17, 2008

The Large Hadron Collider (it's large; it collides hadrons for science purposes) is going through a public relations makeover.  Even though its previous name is precisely accurate, it didn't have enough moxie.  So, after rejecting names like The Big Banger, Infinite Devil Machine, The Matter Splatter, and The Big O (only one of those I made up), it is now being dubbed HALO.

Master Chief would be proud of the Royal Society of Chemistry in London.  They launched a competition to give the 17-mile circle of science just a little bit sexier.  Impossible you say?  That's what I thought.  According to Dick Pike, PhD., the Large Hadron Collider "fails to reflect the drama of its mission, or the inspiration it should be conveying to the wider public."

Somebody named Dick Pike would say something like that, wouldn't they? Part of the reason for this renaming is likely that a bunch of crazies think that because the collider recreates post big bang events, that it will end the world.   Has it ended the world yet? 

The name isn't official yet because the Royal Society of Chemistry doesn't decide such things, an organization called Cern and the Institute of Physics do.  They'll be formally suggesting the name soon, though, so keep your energy swords crossed for luck.