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Is the particle collider at CERN going to be the end of us?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Linas, Sep 8, 2008.


  1. Linas

    Linas

    Jan 6, 2005
    Chicago
    CERN has announced that the first attempt to circulate a beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be made on 10 September. Will they create a black hole that will destroy the universe??? What do the TB physicists think? :bag:
     
  2. Jonyak

    Jonyak

    Oct 2, 2007
    Ottawa, Ont
    I hope so.
     
  3. Techmonkey

    Techmonkey

    Sep 4, 2004
    Wales, UK
    nah, they're not attempting to divide by zero or find the higgs boson yet. they're just doing a test run I think.

    I'm actually genuinely excited to see physics featured so prominently in the news though. Whilst I've given up hope of being a nuclear physicist, I still think it's importance is huge... and it's great to see non-physicists actually interested in it too. :)
     
  4. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    no.

    i am so supremely confident that the LHC isn't going to kill humanity that, if it should, i will personally pay each and every one of you ten dollars.
     
  5. TheXym

    TheXym

    Oct 19, 2006
    Robert Sawyer wrote a pretty interesting novel called "Flash Forward" based upon a what-if regarding the collider tests at CERN. I don't want to give the story away, but it was a pretty good read :)
     
  6. I'll double you up, and pay each and every one of you $20.

    :rollno:

    ....the whacks are coming out of the woodwork now, aren't they...wonder how they'll react when they REALLY start using the thing!
     
  7. No.

    It is not going to happen. :)
     
  8. TallLankyBastyd

    TallLankyBastyd

    Jan 31, 2007
    Seattle
    Q: Why are quantum physicists so poor at sex?
    A: Because when they find the position, they can't find the momentum, and when they have the momentum, they can't find the position.

    Q: What did one quantum physicist say when he wanted to fight another quantum physicist?
    A: Let me atom.

    A neutron walked into a bar and asked, "How much for a drink?" The bartender replied, "For you, no charge."
     
  9. GEEK!!!!

    ;)

    (Funny, I love physics humor!)
     
  10. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    My wife would soundly smack my upside the head for jokes like that.
     
  11. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    I trust that people who have spent decades studying this stuff know it better than I do.

    Then again, if you could choose, would you rather die of a heart attack sitting in a rocking chair, or in a freaky particle experiment gone wrong that ends up devouring half a solar system? :p
     
  12. Black Holes need a mass larger than our sun to form properly. Some nerds with a giant electromagnet will not create a black hole.

    I don't care how big it is, if you don't have the mass behind it you can't do anything with it.

    However, the particle collider could open up an alternate universe where Fall Out Boy is nonexistant, and the world is ruled by bassists...that would be nice.
     
  13. Flintlock

    Flintlock

    Jul 3, 2007
    Southampton
    Nope.

    I personally, retain my cynical side. It may discover some new very very small bits of dust, at best. A big flop. Making the world's biggest horseshoe magnet.
     
  14. jazzy grille

    jazzy grille - Arrogant Bastard Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2006
    Sarasota, Florida
    I'd be more worried about a zombie invasion.... Led by zombie Fidel.

    2266103372_f91c2f2068.
     
  15. jazzy grille

    jazzy grille - Arrogant Bastard Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2006
    Sarasota, Florida
    It still won't be as useless as the $365 Million LIGO facility, which has done/observed nothing since it opened.
     
  16. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    No, but it may generate so much online boredom the internet breaks! :meh:
     
  17. Phantopeth

    Phantopeth

    Jan 10, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    I've been following this periodically for months now, and I had been thinking of checking back up on its progress lately. Much to my surprise, as I stood in line at the Post Office today, I checked CNN.com on my phone and the LHC was the headline story! I think that's pretty cool.

    I highly doubt the LDC will be the end of the world, but I ain't never been no smaht physician, never, so what do I know? :p
     
  18. DudeistMonk

    DudeistMonk

    Apr 13, 2008
    Newark, NJ
    I think the chances of them blowing up the world are like 1 in 1,000,000. The black hole will come into existence and then disappear, or not appear at all.

    On a related topic you guys think think they will uncover the god particle? or will they be breaking particles with bigger and bigger accelerators for the next few hundred years before realizing that there is always something smaller?
     
  19. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    Now you're talking! I'll add $2.50 each.
     
  20. $365 million lego facility?! :eek::eek::hyper::hyper:
     

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