No news are often good news. Usually we don't write about them. Let's make an exception.
The LHC should be finished in 2007, and right now it seems very realistic. (This good news contrasts with the Tevatron that was recently stopped for quite some time.) The British have finished the first of four barrels that will form the core of the SCT (SemiConductor Tracker) - see a very informative article at
Meyer Tool and Manufacturing. The total U.S. contributions to the LHC are roughly half a billion USD.
The Russians also want to be active:
The Linear Collider
Just an update that many of us did not know: the next linear collider is probably going to be called The International Linear Collider (ILC). In the summer it was more or less decided that it should be based on the cold, superconducting technology:
If you enjoy these BBC news about the accelerators, here's another about the LHC construction and about 50 years of CERN:
years not months, and they can't find it and that the most likely mass is 117 GeV anyway: