Making sense of the Large Hadron Collider

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    As we all know, tomorrow morning the boffins in their white coats, with their beepy machines 'a la tintin', will fire up the LHC.

    For anyone still unsure as to what exactly the science is behind this enormous, hugely expensive, potentially era changing, and decades in the making of experiment, the BBC website has a great article which may answer all of your questions.

    LHC Q and A.
     
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    I've been looking forward to this for so long...
     
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    I've always wondered what it would be like to live in a black hole.
     
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    Have to admit I'm looking forward to the big switch on tomorrow. Lets hope it proves to be the long awaited life changing event all the scientists are hoping for. I fully believe and have confidence in Stephen Hawking when he says that the experiment is perfectly safe.

    However should it all go horrably wrong and we all disappear in to a man made black hole, it's been nice knowing you guys, and share many happy hours on LPSG site with you all. Really enjoyed the banter and fun.

    See you all in the next life

    Hugs to you all

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    Don't worry too much, they won't actually start smashing the particles until some time later this month. And it won't be until next year that the machine will be running at 'full power'.
     
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    um, guys, I think it's going to take a couple of weeks before the first collisions occur, at non-earth shattering speeds. It could take a month or two before they crank up to the max of five trillion volts and see what happens when electrons collide then.

    With any luck, that could occur on November 4, 2008.
     
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    I suspect some LPSG members are being sucked into a black hole on a regular basis. :smile:
     
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    Yeah and it's not mine! lol:biggrin1:
    Boo hoo hoo :frown1:
    C.B.:saevil:
     
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    It's up and running again.

    They keep saying they know what can't go wrong but it broke down shortly after being powered up last year. Then the guys behind the experiment said that with that incident they now have even better understanding of the collider, implying that they don't really fully understand it either.

    What 's there to lose if the world's going to end anyway? But if it doesn't they would just feel smug and say "told you so".

    Personally I don't think the world's going to end. But that doesn't guarantee that no harm is going to come of it.
     
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    I'll give you a hardon collider, oooohhhhh!!! :biggrin1:
     
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    aww man, i wish i'd seen this sooner...

    it would suck:biggrin1: lol
     
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    Hadron collider? I hardly know her!

    You know, they believe it can make black holes! They will just be so small that they will eat up very little and die off because they can't sustain themselves. So yeah, nothing to worry about.
     
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    The reason for the delays is that it's being sabotaged from the future.
     
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    Woohoo! Mini big bangs and black holes here we come!!!
     
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    "What do u do for a living?"

    "I collide particles together"


    ....that must feel nice to say
     
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    Just one of the freaky theories in creating mini big bangs is that as soon as one is created, it pops into another dimension to become its own universe. We are creating what created us and, just possibly, in the same way as some other scientists did in another universe.

    We have become as gods.
     
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    The theory is that the black holes evaporate, emitting Hawking radiation as they do so. When they evaporate they disappear, so no harm done.

    Unfortunately Hawking radiation has never been observed, which may mean that there are no natural black holes around to do any evaporating, or it may mean that Hawking is dead wrong about the whole thing.

    It seems to me that even if microscopic black holes are formed, and even if they don't evaporate as predicted but just settle to the center of the earth, it may take many years before they grow to a size that we'll notice. By that point, we'll be scrod, with no way to undo it.
     
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    With so many nuke tests done already, the collidor is just a glorified magnet in comparison. Sure the energy involved is tremendous, but you don't end up with permanent radiation spikes every time it's used.
     
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    QUOTE=jason_els;2452819]Just one of the freaky theories in creating mini big bangs is that as soon as one is created, it pops into another dimension to become its own universe. We are creating what created us and, just possibly, in the same way as some other scientists did in another universe.

    We have become as gods.[/QUOTE]I already am... I was deemed a deity 10 yrs ago.

    You know, Hawking is human just like the everyone else. He can make mistakes.

    The collider is a magnet! But it's the theoretic source of major energy that's at stake. No one wants to give that up even if means the end of humanity.
     
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    I already am... I was deemed a deity 10 yrs ago.


    You know, Hawking is human just like the everyone else. He can make mistakes.


    The collider is a magnet! But it's the theoretic source of major energy that's at stake. No one wants to give that up even if means the end of humanity.[/QUOTE]
    Doubt any bad will happen. It's all hype from people who failed physics worse than I did. Anyway, studying the nature of reality is what science is all about and what should be the primary driving factor. By colliding smaller particles together to create smaller and more exotic particles and new forms of energy that obey laws of nature that no one can begin to comprehend... sounds pretty cool!
     
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