CERN's photos of the LHC's multi-million-dollar ouchies aren't as dramatic as the Earth being swallowed by the Singularity, but they show the results of a single solder joint's failure on the world's most complex machine.

Aside from wrecking 53 of the Large Hadron's magnets, the incident released six tons of helium into the atmosphere. Last I checked, Geneva is still here.

Slated for operation again next year June, Cern reiterated their hope though, and its not a certainty that we'll all meet our dooms next year. It could be in 2010.....till then another day saved!

[CERN Press Release via Cosmic Variance]