QuestionAre you excited about the LHC?
      – Nevermore, 2008-09-11 at 03:03:33   (43 comments)

On 2008-09-11 at 03:12:50, BorgClown wrote...
Opportunities for science, whether the experiments could prove that String Theory is true, such a thing would be the greatest physics discovery so far.
On 2008-09-11 at 03:14:08, BorgClown wrote...
Opps, messed my proof-reading. I meant whether the experiments prove or disprove String Theory, there is much science to be done with the LHC.
On 2008-09-11 at 03:34:12, Nevermore wrote...
I know! It's pretty exciting.
On 2008-09-11 at 03:39:09, BorgClown wrote...
@Nevermore: There's also the end of the World, but it's worth it!
On 2008-09-11 at 03:41:59, Nevermore wrote...
haha. Absolutely!
On 2008-09-11 at 04:20:51, Baslisks wrote...
can't wait to see what happens.
On 2008-09-11 at 06:51:52, Korinthian wrote...
My guess is that it will just find another particle for the poor scientists to fit into the whole scheme of things. But I would like if it cleared up some of the enigma that is quantum physics.
On 2008-09-11 at 08:52:40, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I was going to say that it's boring - just a bunch of particles flying around, lots of similar-looking debris patterns on a computer and a chance to find one or two new things. But then it's true that the results will change the direction of particle physics research, and perhaps shed light on astrophysics too, so it will be interesting to see what the end result is. http://www.boingboing.net/2008/07/31/large-hadron-rap-bes.html
On 2008-09-11 at 10:39:12, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8297787@N03/2845861422/sizes/l/
On 2008-09-11 at 10:44:13, Lee J Haywood wrote...
(There's a conflict between the @ in a reference to another user and one appearing in a link).
On 2008-09-11 at 17:04:09, Lee J Haywood wrote...
(Corrected the @ bug in link detection).
On 2008-09-11 at 18:54:51, Patofeo wrote...
so when will be sucked in by these micro-black holes? I think the serious work will begin sometime next year. After these test, LHC will hibernate (hopefully, it isn't running Windoze!)
On 2008-09-11 at 18:57:51, Korinthian wrote...
I just hope they get something out of that thing, otherwise there might not be any further funding in cool science projects like these.
On 2008-09-11 at 20:02:35, BorgClown wrote...
@Patofeo: September 20 is the date for high-energy collisions. The previous one was a lousy test.
On 2008-09-11 at 20:03:44, BorgClown wrote...
@Korinthian: They will, there are lots of experiments planned. I'd hate for it to bring more questions than answers, but at least Physics gets less theory and more practice.
On 2008-09-11 at 20:05:11, Korinthian wrote...
@BorgClown: I hope so. I so want a mini black hole to vacuum with.
On 2008-09-11 at 21:29:51, Pdxnick wrote...
the cool thing about the LHC is that we will never know then it is turned on or when it will end the world.
On 2008-09-11 at 21:31:20, Nevermore wrote...
@Pdxnick: one guy thinks it could produce tiny black holes that will get bigger and cause a 4-year period of decay.
On 2008-09-11 at 21:33:48, BorgClown wrote...
The LHC can create tiny black holes, but those miniatures have an event horizon so small (microscopic) that they'll evaporate by themselves almost immediately.
On 2008-09-11 at 21:34:48, Nevermore wrote...
@BorgClown: I agree. I'm just saying that if you think it may end the world, don't assume it will be quick and painless.
On 2008-09-11 at 21:39:10, Korinthian wrote...
It would be cool if this would make them figure out how to make artificial gravity.
On 2008-09-11 at 21:46:27, BorgClown wrote...
@Nevermore: Don't worry. If the many atomic/hydrogen bomb tests didn't end it, much less a particle accelerator.
On 2008-09-11 at 21:47:27, BorgClown wrote...
@Korinthian: And sprinkle some antigravity while you're at it.
On 2008-09-11 at 21:51:04, BorgClown wrote...
When the first atomic bomb was going to be tested, there were scientists that argued that it would ignite the atmospheric oxygen and burn the atmosphere. I'd consider that a serious possibility, but it was tried nevertheless. Later the Russians tried the gargantuan Czar bomb, and not even that killed us. I kinda hope something unusual happens, science has gone too safe.
On 2008-09-11 at 21:54:34, Korinthian wrote...
@BorgClown: Well, you know what they say: <tt>"Curiousity killed the world".
On 2008-09-11 at 22:15:00, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/
On 2008-09-11 at 22:17:33, Nevermore wrote...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j50ZssEojtM
On 2008-09-11 at 22:19:09, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Nevermore: See comment #8. (-:
On 2008-09-11 at 22:20:17, Nevermore wrote...
sorry :(
On 2008-09-11 at 22:22:57, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I wasn't complaining. (-:
On 2008-09-12 at 01:32:50, BorgClown wrote...
<tt><!-- if the lhc actually destroys the earth & this page isn't yet updated please email mike@frantic.org to receive a full refund -->
On 2008-09-12 at 01:33:09, BorgClown wrote...
Wise comment in the source code of the page
On 2008-09-12 at 01:33:47, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I knew comments should be referred to in replies.
On 2008-09-12 at 08:28:17, Lee J Haywood wrote...
<tt>if (!(typeof worldHasEnded == "undefined")) { document.write("YUP."); } else { document.write("NOPE."); }</tt> - actual code behind the page
On 2008-09-12 at 08:35:23, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html
On 2008-09-12 at 15:36:25, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I just don't know what to say.
On 2008-09-12 at 16:45:20, Lee J Haywood wrote...
James Gillies, the LHC head of public relations says he's gotten calls from people literally sobbing and asking him to halt the project. He states, "They 'phone me and say: 'I am seriously worried. Please tell me that my children are safe.'" http://www.dailytech.com/Large+Hadron+Collider+to+Go+Online+This+Week+Despite+Death+Threats/article12884.htm
On 2008-09-12 at 16:48:17, BorgClown wrote...
So much information everywhere, and these stupid people need to be reassured by phone. Oh, well, I should sell them anti-LHC-EMP plastic bubbles or something.
On 2008-09-12 at 20:00:47, Korinthian wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: That http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html link was pretty scary, Lee.
On 2008-09-12 at 20:58:24, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Oops, the world didn't end.
On 2008-09-12 at 22:57:04, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: That was because it was only a test. the big one is sat 20.
On 2008-09-13 at 03:49:10, Thewrit wrote...
it wont work in the firsts attempts, i believe.
On 2008-09-13 at 09:14:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
My comment was a reference to Discussionator breaking for about 10 minutes, but I guess no-one noticed that. (-: