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The world's largest particle accelerator fired for the first time today successfully - and without destroying the Earth! The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) fired a beam of protons at almost the speed of light through its circular, 17-mile tunnel that passes beneath villages and cow pastures along the French-Swiss border. This is the largest experimental device ever built.

Click the image to see the story.

Researchers intend to use the LHC to recreate post-Big Bang conditions and study the Higgs boson and dark matter. “It’s a fantastic moment,” said LHC project leader Lyn Evans, “we can now look forward to a new era of understanding about the origins and evolution of the universe.”


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And I get to work with one of the CERN researchers, Philip Baringer, for the Spring "Science, Technology, & Society" class.

Cool beans!

Chris

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will_couvillier
Sep. 10th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
...makes me wonder about why there are so many black holes out there.

Perhaps intelligence is the birthing media for a different sort of life.

Humm...wonder if it's not too late to change my workshop story.

mckitterick
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Heh; perhaps advanced technological civilizations end not with a boom but rather a whooshing collapse into singularity.
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mckitterick
Sep. 10th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
That would be awesome! I guess we'll find out next time we try to launch a space vehicle....
hlmt
Sep. 10th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
*LOL*
hlmt
Sep. 10th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
W0000000T!!! We lived only a couple of kilometers away from part of the ring--it was/is *fascinating* to hear about what went/goes on there!
mckitterick
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Neat!
mckitterick
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Heeeee!
dynezola
Sep. 13th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
haa. I like his coding.

can't forget the LHC webcam
skyflame
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
This is one of the few times I'm sorry I don't get the CERN newsletter anymore.
queza7
Sep. 10th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the google logo today? Is teh awesome.

I wish I could have had an 'end of the world' party last night. I need to keep up on my news beter. ;)
steve98052
Sep. 11th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
Thank you for pointing that out! Very cool.

And Chris, how cool that you work with a CERN researcher.

silverfae
Sep. 13th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
^
What he said.
countrycousin
Sep. 11th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
But it is the collisions that have the possibility of forming the black holes. AFAIK, they're not scheduled until October. This was just a test track drive. Why are knowledgeable people heaving sighs of a relief, crocodilian though they may be?
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