The LHC experiment in Geneva

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    Sep 15, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    Is anyone excited about the LHC experiment? There was a report that it was hacked by a Greek group. But thankfully, or hopefully, nothing was damaged.

    Me being a physics student I am very excited. What annoys me is the constant irritating media scaremongering that the world will cease to exist. Tiny black holes are possible when the two beams collide, but the chances of it swallowing the Earth and increasing in size are infinitesimally small. They will soon evaporate. So... the chances of getting tiny black holes are so small. Plus the fact it will engulf us is also very small.

    Lets face it... the Sun is more energetic. No black holes there. There are so many more powerful collisions on Earth that we see NO black holes is evidence that nothing disastrous will happen.

    But anyhow... you might say... how will the LHC help us? Understand the Standard Model better. Hopefully we can find what gives us mass, what gives galaxy their properties.

    Remember that CERN gave us the WWW. Also remember the discovery of the electron.
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    I'm totally psyched...though for all intents and purposes the answers to many of their questions won't mean a lot to most of our daily lives.

    sigh...unless they discover an alternate dimension that is exactly like this one except for Chris Evans is my secret fuck buddy in the other one. that would mean a lot to me...
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    Sep 15, 2008 9:52 PM GMT
    I had realized there was another topic about this... lol. I am feeling quite sheepish... Anyway...

    True, for the short term it might not mean much, but from an academic point of view it is very exciting. String Theory, for example, might become testable at the LHC, and the reason why I am hopeful is the possibility of the Warp Drive, adapted to the Alcubierre Warp Drive.

    There will be some practical benefit from the LHC: supercomputer power/the grid and perhaps medical imaging.

    Chris Evans from Fantastic Four... Here in the UK, there is another Chris Evans, lol...
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    Sep 15, 2008 10:13 PM GMT
    hmm....you'd have to post a pic of the UK Chris Evans before I can pass judgement on that, but yes, I meant the Fantastic 4 one.

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    Sep 15, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    OH GOD! THe UK Chris Evans may be the ugliest man in the world!

    tommysguns, don't even LOOK at a photo of him EWW EWW EWW.

    Also, I heard that you have some sort of particle accelerator attached to you somewhere... is this true? and have you already found the Higgs Boson?
  • Delivis

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    Sep 16, 2008 2:13 AM GMT
    I have been excited about this for a long time..icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 16, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    My excitement grows with each revolution around the accelerator.
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    Sep 20, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    Sorry, I started it ages ago, 5 years ago! Now that the Higgs boson has been found last year, I still feel excited. Yeah, we found the Higgs boson and it was expected, so it felt boring. But the Standard Model seems to work so far.

    But yesterday on the Independent UK website: "Edinburgh University is to offer a free online course on the so-called 'God Particle', featuring interviews with the man who first theorised its existence, Professor Peter Higgs. It is being offered as part of a new initiative by various British universities to produce online learning materials for free via the FutureLearn platform."

    And right now CERN is attempting to prepare for 2015 experiments.

    "The IT team building the systems supporting the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have a lot of work to do in the next two years, as CERN prepares for the next big batch of experiments in 2015."

    But apparently CERN needs to more storage for the data.
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    Sep 20, 2013 10:50 PM GMT
    What in the world does this have to do with Geneva...icon_evil.gif
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    Sep 20, 2013 10:52 PM GMT
    It takes place near Geneva??
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    Sep 20, 2013 10:58 PM GMT
    Could all this have not been done in Newark, NJ?
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    Sep 20, 2013 11:03 PM GMT
    Perhaps you should start a thread on this. Build a large atomic smasher in Newark, NJ, perhaps?

    I hear they will build a linear collider in Japan.
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    Sep 20, 2013 11:06 PM GMT
    1285pytk saidPerhaps you should start a thread on this. Build a large atomic smasher in Newark, NJ, perhaps?

    I hear they will build a linear collider in Japan.


    Japan is good. They are used to fucking up the environment...but not as well as China.
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    Sep 20, 2013 11:15 PM GMT
    "Japan is good. They are used to fucking up the environment...but not as well as China."

    Yeah, it will cost about $10 billion. Maybe there is a better way of finding out the inner constituents of the atom without smashing things together. It is a lot of money. Sure, China is undergoing its industrial revolution, but I also hear that Japan has a good mortality rate. But America is not free from blame either in terms of carbon emissions, right?
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    Sep 21, 2013 12:12 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidCould all this have not been done in Newark, NJ?


    Duh, we sunk $2G into building one... in Texas of course, before abandoning the project. And that was back when a billion dollars was a lot of money! The ruins are still for sale. 22 km of tunnels, a 10 MW power grid, and a group of buildings. The freshest asking price I see on the web is $20M. Think of the possibilities!

    Paging Dr. Evil. Dr. Evil, please pick up a white paging phone...

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    Sep 21, 2013 1:02 AM GMT
    mindgarden said
    turbobilly saidCould all this have not been done in Newark, NJ?


    Duh, we sunk $2G into building one... in Texas of course, before abandoning the project. And that was back when a billion dollars was a lot of money! The ruins are still for sale. 22 km of tunnels, a 10 MW power grid, and a group of buildings. The freshest asking price I see on the web is $20M. Think of the possibilities!

    Paging Dr. Evil. Dr. Evil, please pick up a white paging phone...

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    But they chose to destroy all the magnets built for the collider. The Smithonian wanted one, but couldn't get it because those responsible didn't want a permanent reminder of their incompetence displayed in Washington.
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    Sep 21, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    It is a shame they couldn't complete it.
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    Sep 21, 2013 9:48 PM GMT
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    The design opps are bananas...
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    Sep 21, 2013 9:52 PM GMT
    letsgetreadytosuckit said
    turbobilly saidCould all this have not been done in Newark, NJ?


    icon_lol.gif @ the inside joke.


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