The Buzz: Start it up

But don’t flood it: The biggest machine ever built, the Large Hadron Collider, was restarted Sunday by scientists who boosted the device’s speed in hopes of unlocking the secrets of the creation of the universe.

Since the Collider had been sitting idle for two years, technicians were forced to create the biggest Diehard battery and jumper cables ever built to get it going again.

Shut up and read Dr. Spock: In today’s column, family psychologist John Rosemond says he thinks today’s moms stress out too much over their kids, a condition he traces to a 1965 parenting book that encouraged moms and dads to worry about abstract and speculative issues.

Rosemond’s right: In the good old days, parents only stressed about verifiable stuff like polio, rickets, lockjaw and measles (umm, about that last thing…).

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1896, the first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece.

Also on this day in 1896, the Olympics saw their first doping scandal when an athlete tested positive for a banned substance: Doctor Coleman’s Restorative Tincture of Laudanum.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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