Dormant Supercollider Generates Star Power

Is there such a thing as excessively popular science?

The Collider

Peter McCready

The troubled Large Hadron Collider, switched on last fall and then off again when its magnets broke, has a bright future.

Tom Hanks, star of Big and The Polar Express, has been invited to turn on the system when its repairs are complete, in what may be history's first celebrity restarting of a particle accelerator.

Hanks's previous achievements in science include participation in a catastrophic moon mission in Apollo 13, and serving as the namesake of Asteroid [12818-Tomhanks_.

[Via the Telegraph]