CERN\'s Large Hadron Collider - the most complex machine humanity has ever constructed

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CERN's Large Hadron Collider - the most complex machine humanity has ever constructed

This article is just full of mind blowing facts. When they turn this machine on it might revolutionise the world.

Never heard of "traversable wormholes?"
Well, soon you might start hearing about them, as the world's most powerful particle accelerator becomes functional this spring - unleashing forces, capable of distorting not only space (just like gravity distorts space around Earth), but also TIME.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider is set to become the very first time machine in history.

The idea is to focus all this incredible energy into the smallest space possible. As they say, "the more energy goes in, the more massive the particles that come out".

How massive? How about a miniature black hole?
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"We don’t even know what to expect," says French physicist Yves Schutz. "We’re now in a domain of energy that nobody has ever explored."
At the LHC, Goldfarb is obsessed about the precision of the ATLAS detectors.
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We need to know the position of each detector to the thickness of a human hair in a machine the size of half a football field.”

He tells me that the detectors will generate a million gigabytes of data per second. “That’s several hundred thousand DVDs per second. We don’t know how to burn that many DVDs that fast or what we would do with them.”

- 20-year work-in-progress
- A team of 7,000 physicists from more than 80 nations
- 27 kilometers in circumference, 175 meters underground
- facilitating head-on collision of protons, traveling very near the speed-of-light
- each tunnel is big enough to run a train through it.
- temperatures generated: more than 1000,000 times hotter than the sun's core
- superconducting magnets are cooled to a temperature colder than in deep spac

Much more here

and here

CERN scientists know what they talk about, after all, last time they needed something for sharing collider data, they invented the World Wide Web!

Note the size of the human in the huge machine.

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By netchicken: posted on 20-3-2008

I have a few friends who are actually in Switzerland and working with the LHC team.

The only downside according to them is that the cost of living in Switzerland is pretty high for the stipend they get as they are not full fledged researchers yet but merely post-doctoral students.
By IAF: posted on 20-3-2008

They should stop. They're gonna end up killing us all, and when we go to Heaven, we're gonna be pissed.:run
By dnavarre: posted on 21-3-2008

Dnavarre, you're not the only person worried about the program :)

Some people are trying to get it shut down before it even starts :)

The builders of the world's biggest particle collider are being sued in federal court over fears that the experiment might create globe-gobbling black holes or never-before-seen strains of matter that would destroy the planet.

Representatives at Fermilab in Illinois and at Europe's CERN laboratory, two of the defendants in the case, say there's no chance that the Large Hadron Collider would cause such cosmic catastrophes. Nevertheless, they're bracing to defend themselves in the courtroom as well as the court of public opinion.

Some folks outside the scientific mainstream have asked darker questions:

Could the collider create mini-black holes that last long enough and get big enough to turn into a matter-sucking maelstrom?

Could exotic particles known as magnetic monopoles throw atomic nuclei out of whack? Could quarks recombine into "strangelets" that would turn the whole Earth into one big lump of exotic matter?

Former nuclear safety officer Walter Wagner has been raising such questions for years - first about an earlier-generation "big bang machine" known as the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider, and more recently about the LHC.

Last Friday, Wagner and another critic of the LHC's safety measures, Luis Sancho, filed a lawsuit in Hawaii's U.S. District Court. The suit calls on the U.S. Department of Energy, Fermilab, the National Science Foundation and CERN to ease up on their LHC preparations for several months while the collider's safety was reassessed.

More of the doom and gloom worriers here http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn....
By netchicken: posted on 28-3-2008

Theres even a cartoon from the illustrious xkcd
I am sure hitting pigeons with the proton stream is not in the book...
By netchicken: posted on 28-3-2008

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