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Accelerator Envy Syndrome

Is it possible that the folks at Fermi’s Tevatron and Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) are feeling anxious now that CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is the heavyweight champion of the subatomic world?

Fermi’s DZero collaborationa small army of researchers from 80+ institutions— has proposed a possible explanation for the preponderance of matter over anti-matter in our universe, and hence, among a few other things, human existence. Meanwhile, the Tevatronists have generated a edutaining animation explaining their newly created hot quark soup:

Not exactly signs of a Bloods-versus-Crips caliber rivalry (yet), I admit. But we certainly could use some research on the institutional imaginaries and collective/group psychology of the domestic accelerator labs in the wake of CERN’s ascendancy.

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