Saturday, June 28, 2008

Large Hadron Collider - Huge Research Tool

CERN's big underground research tool, the Large Hadron Collider, will go online in August of this year. There's a lot to look forward to:
  • The Real
    "The Large Hadron Collider "
    • "The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. It will revolutionise our understanding, from the miniscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe...."
  • The Imagined
    "Scientists: Nothing to fear from atom-smasher"
    Houston Chronicle (June 28, 2008)
    • " MEYRIN, Switzerland — The most powerful atom-smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries, such as invisible matter or extra dimensions in space, after it is switched on in August.
    • "But some critics fear the Large Hadron Collider could exceed physicists' wildest conjectures: Will it spawn a black hole that could swallow Earth? Or spit out particles that could turn the planet into a hot dead clump?
    • "Ridiculous, say scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French initials CERN — some of whom have been working for a generation on the $5.8 billion collider, or LHC.
I've posted about the LHC before: I'd say that today's LHC article has more complete and accurate content. The others do have cool photos, though.


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