What’s left of the Superconducting Super Collider

In the late 1980s, the Superconducting Super Collider was president Ronald Reagan’s multi-billion dollar scientific dream project—the world’s biggest high energy atomic particle detector. After Congress pulled the plug, what remains is the “most expensive hole in Texas.”


(For a fun parody of the ways that large scientific projects can seduce politicians with visions of national greatness, check out the Onion article “Scientists Ask Congress To Fund $50 Billion Science Thing”)


About Marisa R. Brandt

Always thinking about how cultural meaning-making and knowledge-production go hand-in-hand. I completed my Ph.D. in Communication and Science Studies at UCSD in May 2013. My dissertation, War, Trauma, and Technologies of the Self: The Making of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, is a biography of a virtual reality system called Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan which was designed to aid therapists in making their war veteran patients re-experience their traumatic experiences in order to overcome them. I am also a freelance writer, editor, and comics creator, a homebody and an adventurer. I care a lot about people and things.
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