Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

Strange things by the side of the road # 73: the Stanford linear accelerator

Stanford linear accelerator
Originally uploaded by marypcb.
As you drive down 280 in the sun, enjoying the fact that there's less traffic than 101 and a better view of the reservoir, you see this long straight building. That's a mile long and completely straight and utterly unexpected: it's a linear accelerator. One day I want to take the tour and see if you really can see the curvature of the earth inside.

Note: a convertible like the PT Cruiser is great for taking photos out of a moving car without all that irritating bodywork ;-)
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