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LHC in the House!

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:05 am
by Squid
Ladies and Gentlemen! It's Science Tuesday and life is smashing....

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could restart as early as this weekend after more than a year of repairs.

"The LHC was first switched on in 2008, but had to be shut down when a faulty electrical connection caused one tonne of helium to leak into the tunnel. "

One TON(NE) of helium??? I have visions of squeaky-voiced physicists chasing each other around with balloons. But that's probably not how it went down.

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:12 am
by Liesbeth
with so much helium things probably didn't go down, but up?

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:40 pm
by No You Are
So is it fixed enough to destroy the world now?

Nerdpower!

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:13 am
by Moni

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:51 am
by Squid
Good God. I've been following asteroid watch and never thought to follow the LHC? How RUDE.

I feel CERNtastic! This is AWESOME! And the BBC loves to illustrate things !!!

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:40 am
by Moni
"CERNtastic" might just be my new favorite word!
Speaking of which, CERN-poster boy Dr. Brian Cox stated that "...a cup of black coffee has about 10^23 electron Volts of energy - that's 3 kcalories. LHC at the moment is 7 x 10^12 eV. That means that each LHC collision has 10,000,000,000 times less energy than a cup of black coffee - tell that to the black hole nobbers :)"

I guess that means that Starbucks has a bigger chance of destroying the world than the LHC. Who knew!

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:40 am
by grant
That BBC electron volt image sure is purty....

You have brought me joy.

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:46 am
by Liesbeth
That twitter feed is amazing, a sparse list of comment devoid of any clutter.
The CERN website looks boring as hell though, they don't believe in making science look sexy, do they?

sorry about not paying more attention to the actual news, I get easily distracted when I can't see it, smell it or apply it in daily life.

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:20 pm
by Squid
It doesn't look sexy because we're meant to do like the Einsteins and imagine myriad nanouniverses between our ears!

And also, sadly, the REALLY sexy thing would've been to tour the place (I wonder if they would let you ride one of the bikes that they used to tool back and forth!) inside out - but I understand that now that it's active, tours cover limited ground. Something about scrillions of euros worth of extremely delicate equipment. Or something.

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:04 pm
by Liesbeth
Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he's from the future
this hilarious story has too many great lines to quote, but my current favourite is "Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age".

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:47 pm
by sour29
That article made me ACTUALLY lol, and I don't do that frequently. Absolutely brilliant, and I wish it wasn't published on Thursday. :(

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:49 pm
by Squid
Ladies and Gentleman, the awesome:
Particle Pings: Sounds Of The Large Hadron Collider.

Yay!

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:52 am
by grant
Aw, yeah.

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:21 pm
by Squid
In some not-so-happy LHC related news, it appears that the Tevatron at Fermilab is closing. It's my understanding that much learned in the Tevatron was used at CERN.

:(

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:40 pm
by grant
Weren't they expecting this? I know I read about accelerators closing right about when the LHC was nearing completion.

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:17 pm
by Squid
Yeah, I think you're right Grant. And it appears that what Tevatron doesn't finish up, LHC will take over?

On that note: POTENTIALLY NEW STUFF !!

Re: LHC in the House!

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:41 am
by grant
Whee!

I feel so fundamentally different. More forceful....