In the aftermath of the Super Bowl, I have been thinking a bit about Eli Manning (Capricorn). In sports circles, for the last six weeks, people have kept saying that Manning is an “elite” quarterback. In fact, his name “Eli” is embedded in “Elite.” So that association was easy enough to make; Eli/Elites. But there had to be a little more, more than just an obvious reference to “elites” Why Eli? Well I did a quick search and found something truly interesting. Europe’s next big project is called, “ELI” short for “Extreme Light Infrastructure.”
ELI is essentially a laser, but not just any laser. It will be powered by four separate facilities in Hungary, The Czech Republic, Romania and a fourth location TBD in 2012.
Here is what Wikipedia says about, ELI; “The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) is a proposed high energy laser research facility of the European Union. The facility will host an exawatt-class (1018 watt) laser, that will enable scientists, through relativistic compression, to produce intensities of 1023 W/cm2. It would be so powerful it may disrupt the virtual particles that inhabit space, and explore dark energy.
Fully supported by the European Commission, the decision to implement ELI as a distributed infrastructure will lead to the construction by end 2015 of three facilities dedicated to three of the scientific pillars of the project (attosecond science in Hungary, beamline generation of secondary sources in the Czech Republic and laser-driven nuclear physics in Romania). The location of the fourth one – the ultra-high intensity pillar – will be decided in 2012.
On April 20, 2011, the project was “definitively and finally approved” by the signature of EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn.”Source.
The first phase of the project is called “Apollon” or “Apollo.”