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#297623 - 09/08/08 11:26 PM Wednesday Armageddon
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Day after tomorrow CERN will try to recreate the Big Bang in Geneva, Switzerland. In their 27 Kilometers (17 Miles) long tunnel they will make particles collide with almost the speed of light. What actually will happen after that is not known but scientists working on the project told BBC that there is a possibility of Black Holes forming (that will disappear just as quickly).

Other scientists are not that sure; some fear Earthquakes, Tsunamis and German Chaos-Theory scientist Otto E. Rössler even fears that the whole world might be swallowed by the Black Hole created by CERN. One thing is sure, the project already swallowed 6 Billion Euros. Those that want to see what else will be swallowed when the Large Hadron Collider is fired up, can follow the Armageddon-show on webcam next Wednesday.
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#297907 - 09/09/08 10:52 PM Re: Wednesday Armageddon [Re: Short]
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Cern special: The 9 billion dollar question
Today, mankind’s greatest experiment begins as the Large Hadron Collider powers up. The cost is huge, the scale is massive – and the discoveries could be enormous. But, asks Andy McSmith, what does it all add up to?

Cern’s Large Hadron Collider goes live

The 12,500-tonne CMS or Compact Muon Solenoid detector, part of Cern’s massive underground laboratory that will smash protons together and analyse the sub-atomic debris that results, will be started on September 10th 2008.

The LHC should answer one very simple question: What is mass?
"We know the answer will be found at the LHC," said Jim Virdee, a particle physicist at Imperial College London. The currently favoured model involves a particle called the Higgs boson - dubbed the "God Particle". According to the theory, particles acquire their mass through interactions with an all-pervading field carried by the Higgs. The latest astronomical observations suggest ordinary matter - such as the galaxies, gas, stars and planets - makes up just 4% of the Universe. The rest is dark matter (23%) and dark energy (73%). Physicists think the LHC could provide clues about the nature of this mysterious "stuff". But Professor Virdee told BBC News: "Nature can surprise us... we have to be ready to detect anything it throws at us."

Live and let live

#297912 - 09/09/08 11:26 PM Re: Wednesday Armageddon [Re: Short]
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Originally Posted By: Short
some fear Earthquakes, Tsunamis and German Chaos

No, not German chaos! :-P
As Brian Williams said as he signed off the evening news tonight, "I hope they know what they're doing!"

#298003 - 09/10/08 03:02 PM Re: Wednesday German Chaos [Re: Mikeywaz]
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Re: Wednesday Armageddon German Chaos.
Well Mikeywaz, the German Chaos has started; one casualty, death treads and while no actual atoms were smashed today, the public is reminded not to panic (yet):

Fearing end of world, Madhya Pradesh girl commits suicide
A 17-year-old girl committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh's Rajgarh district fearing the end of the world in the most ambitious scientific experiment in Geneva to fathom the mysteries of creation, the police said Wednesday.

MIT physicist gets death threats over collider experiment

An MIT physics professor and Nobel laureate has received death threats because of his involvement with the Large Hadron Collider, which performed the world's biggest physics experiment today.

First Beam Circles Large Hadron Collider Track
No actual atoms were smashed today -- that won't start for weeks -- and no results are expected for months, at the earliest. Still, like first light in a telescope, the first beam in the particle accelerator is a landmark moment for a program that has spanned more than 20 years and involved tens of thousands of scientists. "What has been shown today is that technically it all works," said Jos Engelen, chief science officer for CERN, the European scientific research agency directing the efforts, in a live webcast from Geneva.

Don't panic: Large Hadron Collider won't spawn voracious black holes

Remember the fear that the Trinity test of the first atomic bomb in 1945 might ignite the atmosphere? The Large Hadron Collider, a massive particle accelerator 17 miles in circumference that will begin operation Wednesday, comes with its own apocalyptic possibility: teensy black holes with gravitational appetites voracious enough to swallow the Earth. But you can breathe easy, because some scientists believe that worry is just as baseless as the A-bomb's flaming atmosphere.
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