Sep 09 2008

“BIG BANG MACHINE COULD DESTROY EARTH” (tomorrow)

by at 9:30 pm

That was the headline in the London Times awhile back, in reference to the very small possibility something catastrophic could happen when a particle accelerator like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is run. The LHC has its first run tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10th—I can’t figure out what time though; anyone know?) after 14 years, $9 billion dollars and recently, some death threats. Here’s CERN’s press release: “CERN reiterates safety of LHC on eve of first beam.” Stephen Hawking thinks they won’t find the Higgs Boson, which is the so-called “God particle” that they’re after.

The Boston Globe ran some AMAZING photos of CERN you have to go see. Here’s one:

If you didn’t know you were supposed to be worried about the world ending, The New Yorker ran a really interesting piece on CERN that explains how the London Times’ hysterical headline came about and has other interesting background on the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Also, check Wikipedia.

And if you’re really procrastinating, check out Vatican Radio’s Coverage, CERN’s Big Bang.

Oh, and if the world does end, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Update: according to Le Matin, it all goes down at 9 in the morning, so 3 AM EST, 2 AM CST. Le Matin also had some sweet videos under the headline, ‘Vivez la “fin du monde” en direct sur le matin.ch’ (translation: ‘Experience the “end of the world” live on matin.ch’):

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9 Responses to ““BIG BANG MACHINE COULD DESTROY EARTH” (tomorrow)”

  1. Joelon 09 Sep 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Don’t miss the legal angle! Luis Sancho and Walter Wagner’s (the NYT says they are a Spanish science writer and a retired radiation safety expert, respectively) motion for a permanent injunction against this world-threatening menace is, according to the latest online info, still pending in federal district court in Hawaii. Another example of how justice delayed can be justice denied: by 9pm Honolulu time, their case will surely be moot one way or the other.

    That NYT article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/27/science/27collider.html?ref=science

  2. Sethon 10 Sep 2008 at 12:06 am

    Good point! What’s the case doing in Hawai’i?

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  5. Allen Popeon 10 Sep 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Just found your blog. I love it – it makes me want to be back in Lausanne. It also makes me realize how much easier it was just to live there for a summer than any longer 🙂 Good luck and keep posting!

  6. Joelon 10 Sep 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Good morning! The world didn’t end! And to answer your question, the case is in Hawaii because that’s where the plaintiffs live, I guess.

  7. Alexon 11 Sep 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Actually, they didn’t collide particles on Wednesday, they just ran them around the track. They won’t collide for a couple of years.

  8. Alexon 12 Sep 2008 at 12:43 am

    Also, http://xkcd.com/474/

  9. Hilaryon 15 Sep 2008 at 7:14 pm

    I also have to assume that you’ve seen this already:
    http://www.sciencefriday.com/videos/watch/10143

    But if you haven’t, it’s AMAZING.

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