11 September 2008

The Large Hadron Collider

I meant to post this yesterday but I ended up being really busy and didn't have time to write an introduction, so here it is:

Most of you have probably already heard of the Large Hadron Collider, or to many people, the machine that will supposedly kill us all and potentially destroy the universe. Well, although I am not one of the people who believe that the machine will destroy the universe, I still thought it was pretty funny/sad to come across some things on these Interwebs showing just how people are reacting to the LHC. Most of them are parodies and are pretty funny (for us geeks), but one article about a teenage girl in India who committed suicide over fears of the potential catastrophes the LHC can produce is indicative of just how irrational and ill-at-ease people are when they are told that there is a very, very remote chance (like, a 1-in-a-google remote chance) that something could go wrong.
I honestly believe that the LHC will provide us with answers to how the universe works, and could potentially catepult us into an era where, as Sci-Fi as it sounds, interplanetary and maybe even intergalactic travel is possible. Heck, we could even be left with the ability to "teleport" objects, with any gained knowledge on how to manipulate mass. But, the issues that the LHC present are quite worrisome as well, but I dare not dwell on them otherwise I too would like those homeless-looking people on the street-corner claiming that the end of the world is near.
Update 9/12/08: More LHC parody goodness:
Update 9/23/08: More LHC news, unfortunately the LHC is experiencing quite a few major setbacks:
Update 9/29/08: Oh noes! Apparently some other physicists have come up with another reason the LHC shouldn't be turned on. Hmm... 20 years of research into the LHCs safety and just now are other people thinking that something bad will happen? Come on people... "The plans have been at the local office for quite some time..."
Update 10/28/08: Well, it looks as if the LHC will be out of commission for quite some time. The recent problems that the LHC encountered have been found to be much more problematic than previously thought. However, the scientists are finding plenty of things that need improvements and fixing, from the ring itself to the detectors, ensuring that the LHC does its job and does it suberbly. Check out the news article below for information on what they will be working on, and what experiments they will be performing before trying to find the elusive Higg's boson

1 comment:

William Wallace said...

Somebody added this URL to my blog entry on the subject:

http://www.HasTheLargeHadronColliderDestroyedTheWorldYet.com/