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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:33 pm    Post subject: LHC LHC LHC! Reply with quote

Anyone else stoked about the big switch on?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohhh, I didn't realize they were about to turn the thing on. =o Woot for the LHC! Woot for CERN!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's just a test with one beam of protons to see that it accelerates everything properly but they're actually colliding some time in the new year.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm actually a little scared....
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile ...........

Right, so, what good are they hoping to accomplish from this again? Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something about the creation of the universe. Don't know why they want to know about that unless it's going to yield a shiny new way of getting energy or faster computers or something down the line.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a bit disinterested actual, I don't understand a lot of it. . .and it just doesn't interest me. Horrid, I know.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm excited that particle physics is going to have such an impressive set of tools to work with. I'm very excited that science is going to come so much closer to understanding it all. More than anything, I'm positively thrilled that we'll have the ability, as a race, to accelerate a particle to 99.9999999% of light speed. This will help us to be able to understand the whole Mass = Energy deal in more than just mathematics.

Well, I'm excited about it, anyway. I can't wait until they start publishing results. :>

In the back of my mind, there is perhaps a fear that something will go horribly wrong. At just under the speed of light, what's the potential energy release from these collisions? Are we looking at destroying a massive chunk of the planet? Mostly, these are entirely unfounded fears. The energy required to do that cannot be found in groups of seven particles per bunch, even with 2,808 bunches.

Most of what could happen would be damage to the LHC. It's burried far enough underground where I could see damage to the LHC, perhaps even collapsing the tunnel. I don't foresee any danger of massive explosions.

Yay LHC! ::Nerdy Glee::
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tenshi wrote:
Most of what could happen would be damage to the LHC. It's burried far enough underground where I could see damage to the LHC, perhaps even collapsing the tunnel. I don't foresee any danger of massive explosions.


Ahem.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol Tin!

The LHC, if sucessful, will recreate the conditions present a few billionths of a second after the creation of the universe. This will answer many scientific and theological questions and may reveal the presence of the Higgs Boson (also known as the "God Particle") which gives every bit of matter in the universe mass. As you may know, this is big. It would provide information about the way the universe is structured and would set us on the path to working out the mass/energy discrepancy in the universe. Even if the Higss Boson is not forthcoming this tells us more than it doesn't and will lead to more research into life, the universe and everything.

I am nerding out over this!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Tinalles: R.O.F.L.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't quite figure out why there's such a hype over the LHC and there was zero hype about all the other particle accelerators. Confused But it's awesomesauce nonetheless.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My english teacher is saying that if something goes wrong we could get sucked into a black hole or something. =/
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not if good mister Hawking was correct.

Sunny, that is an awesome pic. XD Thanks for linking.
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