Starting 2014 with a BANG!

v3-Pg-24-science-epaThe Large Hadron Collider upgrade (LHC) is underway. Once completed it will lead to the highest energy particle collisions ever attempted, in an effort to solve scientific questions over dark matter! After the LHC upgrade and overhaul is complete it will nearly double its power and allow scientists to uncover more secrets about the way our universe works. It opens up the possibility of solving the riddle of Dark Matter, finding evidence of a far-reaching cosmic concept known as ‘supersymmetry’, and even discovering signs of extra hidden dimensions that help explain the mystery of gravity.LHCBig

By the end of the year the giant atom-smashing machine should be ready to boost its particle energy from eight trillion electrovolts, or teraelectronvolts (TeV) to 14 TeV – allowing it to perform the highest energy particle collisions ever attempted. (Click pic to enlarge) To date, the LHC has cost approximately £8,462 Bn/ $14 Bn.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. It has revolutionised our understanding of the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe. article-2532069-1A5DD5E800000578-225_634x715 Two beams of subatomic particles called ‘hadrons’ – either protons or lead ions – will travel in opposite directions inside the circular accelerator, gaining energy with every lap. Physicists use the LHC to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang, by colliding the two beams head-on at very high energy. Teams of physicists from around the world will analyse the particles created in the collisions using special detectors in a number of experiments dedicated to the LHC. :READ MORE HERE: Hadron Collider upgrade will lead to highest energy particle collisions ever attempted!

Personally I have been amazed by the whole project, from the initial build, right up to the first firing. Though it is a subject better explained by ‘rock star turned physicist’ Professor Brian Cox: CERN’s super-collider! (WELL WORTH VIEWING). Initially, I like many millions of others thought the whole project was a senseless waste of time and money, until the realisation of my own ignorance kicked in. It is an extremely cost-effective evolution, which has so far provided many spin off’s that has aided scientific medicinal studies (saving countless lives), and continually aids the Wests military powers (hush-hush missile delivery systems, that can eat a mile-or-so of solid rock before detonating) ;-)  It continues to provide revolutionary concepts to the motor industry, as well as flight and shipping, etc, etc. All for the price of a pint of beer, per person, per country involved, per year!

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Obviously there is a more cost-effective option available, which undercuts the LHC by almost 100% that only I appear to have thought of! Which is probably why I made Marine, and not Professor? ‘The £14.99 / $23.00 Trans-Temporal Sonic Screwdriver, as used by Dr. Who (with eight additional sound effects). 

Yours Aye.

13 thoughts on “Starting 2014 with a BANG!

  1. Reading with blurry eyes this a.m., I transposed the “d” and “r” in Hadron… 2014 is NOT off to a good start…

    • CentTexTim, sounds like the type of collider a feminist movement would build? ;-) Aye

  2. I know you will find this difficult to believe, what with all my brilliance and super smarts and stuff, but I have no freaking idea what this is all about or why? Take those billions and feed somebody, find a cure for cancer and Jehovah Witnesses or something.

  3. Coffeypot, it’s only the first day into the New Year, maybe your super smart powers only kick in at midnight tonight?

    The Hadron Collider spin off machines, and developing systems are turning the world into a far better place. They have proven their theory that on how the world was formed, (which will put a lot of religious institutions into a tail spin).

    The cure for Jehovah’s Witnesses exist, it’s a pit bull with a fully automatic machine gun… Aye.

  4. I know, EB…I haven’t read the article as of this posting but if I recall correctly, wasn’t this the device the tinfoil hat crowd was claiming would precipitate the end of the known world if it was used at all?? I’m pretty sure the Hadron Collider was perceived as quite dangerous because as we all should know, science is more like voodoo or witchcraft to these brain trusts…I never heard another thing about the results or the details, shall we say, except to note that what they did accomplish during the original tests were successful…sometimes people are so completely off about so much….and this was hyperventilating for not much of anything..,although if something goes wrong at some point, those doom & gloom sayers no doubt will pop up again…k

    • Kristen you are quite correct in your statement, there still remains a cluster of academics within the scientific community who also cast doubt about the ‘dark matter’ theory. They went very quiet when the Hadron Collider proved the Higgs Bosun theory correct.

      No doubt the sales of industrial strength tin foil will go through the roof when the next HC firing takes place!

      The same doubters who wear the tin foil clothing should also be forced to stick a carrot up each nostril, just to complete the picture proper ;-) Aye.

      • Will they be the same people joining you in the naked parade of EU deniers and the collapse thereof with carrots and peacock feathers.??? Just thought I’d ask…it’s so hard to keep track of all the delightful things we have to look forward to in the future….I’m just surprised you would want to join these people in a self-gratifying romp in the buff….thanks for that picture….I may never get it out of my head….first I have to stop the combined torture of laughing and crying at the same time and hope I can survive…..and a Happy and joyous New Year to you too….k

  5. As to the tin foil hat folks, the one they were harping about was the planned 56 mile in diameter Super Conducting Super Collider in Texas I worked on in the early ’90′s. After the Ted Kennedy decided to spend the money on his friends, we walked away from two billion dollars worth of work and the future. All that’s left now are about 200,000 square feet of decaying factories and labs, and over 18 miles of 15 foot diameter tunnels slowly filling with water. I still get angry when I think of what we could have had. To all of you who are going to respond that the science isn’t worth it, (bleep) you and the horse you rode in on. You have no idea what you missed.

    • TwoFiveZulu: There must be a very special place in Hell for Teddy and his friends….and like so many others of the oblivious and ignorant, I was unaware of Ted Kennedy’s role in all of this but obviously we should not be surprised. He was such a malignant and ignorant pimple on the face of humanity, it’s difficult to imagine otherwise. He like so many on the left was never out for anyone but himself…I offer my condolences for both your loss and ours all of America’s due to Teddy’s penchant for the ‘Big Dig’ and his own self-aggrandizement…k

    • TwoFiveZulu, I will quote part of a piece by Physicist ‘Suresh Emre’ who lives in America. His blog http://sureshemre.wordpress.com/ describes it further in detail.

      QUOTE: “What the most advanced nation on earth should not have canceled, is this important science project after spending 2 billion dollars in construction. This great nation could certainly afford the Supercollider, there is no question about it. The leaders of that era failed the vision test”.

      “It is true that the physics community was divided on this issue which did not help. It is also true that physicists could not explain the benefits of the particle physics to the public in an effective way. Perhaps the most important factor in the failure of the project was the fact that the Cold War was over. Particle physics has no military applications but it was funded well during the Cold War. Funding sources suddenly disappeared once the Cold War was over”.

      “Europe built its own version of the Supercollider known as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and emerged as the leader in particle physics. Europe is now the center of particle physics”. END

      Prior to the build, It is a fact that many American Scientists & Physicists argued about the reality of such a dream as the Bosun Higgs God particle. Shame on them who argued against it, and yet later accepted work on the Hadron Collider in Switzerland!

      America missed a huge opportunity, even today most Americans will have no idea what you and I are ‘wittering’ on about.

      The people running the Swiss LHC project realised from the beginning that they had to front and explain the project in detail, so as to captivate the minds of the public, as well as the idiots in charge of European Governments and spending. This they did very successfully, with the incumbent Professor, Brian Cox, being the main front man and advocate.

      The American tax payer should have asked for a public enquiry into where and how the money was spent… Certain Politicians, and prominent businessmen still around today would have some serious questions to answer… Aye.

  6. All I realy wanted to know about science I learned watching “The Big Bang Theory”

    • NavyDavy, it’s on too late over here, I’m not allowed to stay up to watch it ;-) Aye

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