Friday, February 19, 2010

Does Anti-Matter Matter?

As a person who loves Chaos Theory, the LHC excites me... of course, this is tempered with the reality that the monster will be sunk by virtue of its gargantuan size. Oh, but the possibilities! I imagine the LHC creating, in its infancy, a small bit of anti-matter that will be like hugging a tiger cub: The cub is so cute! Ooh, let's pet the kitty! Well, these mad scientists will keep feeding that kitty until one day it may, inevitably, swallow them whole. I'm rooting for the kitty. Let's create and uncreate at the same time! Let's SUCK! Let's never understand what we don't understand, but hope that we understand! Let's give the entire Earth Shaken Baby Syndrome!

LHC Ready for Duty Again

February 19, 2010 by Miranda Marquit

( -- For the Christmas holiday, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN was shut down for a break and for a little technical tinkering. But next week, the hope is that the LHC will start up again around the 25 of February.

The Large Hadron Collider is used in experiments involving smashing particles together at high speeds. Just before the Christmas break, the LHC had sent particles careening into each other and resulting in energies not seen before. The hope later this year is to gradually get the LHC to the goal of 7 TeV, smashing the previous record. The collider is built for collisions resulting in 14 TeV, but that level probably won't be reached anytime in the immediate future.

Just reaching 7 TeV will take some time. Scientists plan to rev up the LHC slowly, starting initial beams at that produce relatively low energies of around 900 GeV at collision. CERN honchos want to avoid a situation similar to the explosion that marred the LHC's initial run in 2008. The hope is that a gradual warm up for the LHC will ensure that everything is in working order as CERN races the Tevatron in the U.S. to be the first to pinpoint the elusive Higgs boson.

The LHC is expected to help solve some mysteries in particle physics, as well as possibly provide information about other dimensions and further insight into the origins of the universe.

More information: CERN LHC:
via TheRegister / BBC

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Image source: Julian Herzog via Wikimedia Commons


  1. I like the Young Frankenstein pix. And by all means let's keep on discovering stuff by plunging deeper and deeper into Nature.

    However there's the matter of the Tralfamadoreans--Kurt Vonnegut's fictional aliens who experience the Universe as one block from beginning to end. And they know a lot about how the Universe will end--they made it happen. As a result of the T's experimenting with a new flying-saucer fuel, the Universe just vanished.

  2. A Literature professor, who turned out to be one of my most fantastic teachers, had us read Slaughterhouse Five in our Lit. of War class... I love writers who are able to help us to visualize this concept of time and space being relative and perpetual at the same time. I'm rooting for devastation. Maybe it's already happened and we've all moved into some new consciousness? Maybe it's always happening? So it goes.