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PROTON CANNON! (2, Funny)

hypergreatthing (254983) | more than 4 years ago | (#30177886)

well... at least no killer blackholes were sent across the circumference, that's a good thing right?

Re:PROTON CANNON! (3, Informative)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178636)

well... at least no killer blackholes were sent across the circumference, that's a good thing right?

No... but there was a resonance cascade failure.

Still alive. (2, Funny)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 4 years ago | (#30179790)

We're doing science and we're still alive.

Re:Still alive. (5, Funny)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#30180082)

We're doing science and we're still alive.

Is that the headcrab typing?

damocles sword (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30182908)

A Damocles sword has been hang on the future of mankind. CERN misinforms mankind. The Large Hadron Collider is a quark factory that will deconfine millions of quarks, the strongest, most attractive particles of the Universe. They carry the Atom’s mass, caged inside their nuclei. 99% of LHC’s production will consist on superfluid Quark condensates, a new state of matter, defined by Einstein, in which Quarks fusion together, creating hyper-dense, attractive tornado-like vortices with properties similar to black holes. Astro-physicists fear that if enough quarks are pegged together in one of those condensates, they can trigger a mass-reaction that would attract all the other quarks of the Earth, transforming our planet into a dense pulsar or black hole. The European Nuclear Company that will manufacture them, called CERN, affirms they won’t pose any danger, because according to a theory proposed by Mr. Hawking, small Black holes will evaporate in a burst of energy, before they can attract the mass of this planet. Yet Mr. Hawking’s theory has never been proved and it contradicts Einstein’s Relativity. So to prove Mr. Hawking’s right, 2 experiments were devised last year: a satellite called Fermi was launched to detect radiating black holes in the cosmos, but it failed to find any. A second test was done, manufacturing superfluid condensates, similar to those CERN will make with quarks; but formed with lighter, inoffensive ‘electro-weak’ Atoms. Those ‘atomic holes’ rotate 1 million times slower, absorbing sound ‘phonons’ instead of light ‘photons’ - reason why they are called dumb holes, instead of black holes. So, this June in an experiment at Haifa, Atomic Condensates rotating at supersonic speed became Dumb holes and absorbed sounds. Problem is they didn’t evaporate, proving that Quark Condensates, made at CERN, will absorb light & matter without evaporation. Because in Nature all what is possible happens (Totalitarian principle), Quark Holes should happen at LHC, making prohibitive for Public Policy the risks for Earth of a quark factory in this planet. CERN affirms LHC carries no risk, but critics contest neither Haifa or Fermi showed evaporation and the Company’s safety report doesn’t study Quark Condensates, which were little known when the factory was designed.
We are talking f a serious issue of national security, industrial corruption and the first potential genocide of the human race, for the sake of an obsolete industry relic of the cold war. As science stands today, there is a big chance this can happen, making it the biggest potential genocide of history. That this is allowed by mankind is a 'monstrosity' that can only be explained in the present age in which human values are irrelevant to what Eric Fromm called technological values:
‘Technological civilization is programmed by the principle that something ought to be done because it is technologically possible. If it is possible to build nuclear weapons, they must be built, even If they might destroy us all. Once this principle is accepted, humanist Values (something has to be done because it is needed by man) are Dethroned and technological development becomes the foundation of ethics'.

  Eric Fromm, father of political psychology

The LHC is an industrial con-cern with little use for the advancement of science. Today those of us who are at the edge of research in science consider this machine obsolete. We are studying, after Hubble proved the fractal structure of the Universe and Nottale explained it unifying quantum and relativity (in what concerns the fractal structure of spacetime) the fractal paradigm in a Universe of infinite hierarchical scales in which big-bangs don’t happen. Which means the background radiation can only be created in real time by micro-black holes as those CERN will create, which according to Einstein will produce by gravitational lensing this exact 2.7k radiation, when their mass is that of a moon. This means the Universe is full of dark matter black holes, which have eaten the commonest planetoid on the galaxy, a moon. And so the collisions at CERN will have a big chance to do so with the Earth. Cern affirms this is impossible, but it does so because it sticks to the probabilistic/quantum paradigm previous to the topological/Non-Euclidean/Fractal Einsteinian paradigm, in which black holes are fractals of quarks, the substance CERN will deconfine. Thus, black holes will be frozen stars as Einstein called them. In those models the Universe is a deterministic topology and reality is created with energy and mass, which is physical information, ‘form’ - hence there is not quantum entropy and information paradoxes, black holes do NOT evaporate but as Einstein explains, transform energy into quarks, mass/information that balances the Universe. In those models the probability of extinction is huge... CERN should be halted for a decade till the theoretical issues prove it is safe or prove the fractal paradigm and put the risk close to 100%
What cern has done is to follow the usual systems of industrial corruption that allow all industrial crimes to happen a priori, and then we realize that ‘experts’ are often corrupted, that ‘latin jargons’ are the High priests’ secret talk to hide that corruption, that ‘AAA-derivatives’ turn out to be toxic financial scams and black holes turn out to eat planets and stars, but in this issue there won’t be turn back. The easiest job is to ‘believe’ on the Company and voice out its 'ad hominem' campaigns against those of us who denounced the crime, voice out its false statements (cern portrays the quark factory as a cosmic ray factory, when we never found quarks in cosmic rays), its marketing campaigns (the god' s particle, the big-bang hype), and print its paid-by articles. It is easy for clueless politicians to take the money of high-tech corporations and the Nuclear Industry behind this con-cern. So now that all is set mankind will live with a Damocles sword for years to come. If you want to see a real documentary on the facts of this concern, visit www.lhcdefence.org. Many lives are at risk, real lives of real people, as never before. Today mankind has no defense because the judiciary, politicians and the press who should check and denounce the excesses of companies and governments are not doing their job of warning the population and so private individuals have to step forward, obviously with far less efficiency as our suits against this company which judges have refused to accept, have shown. More shameful is the massive censorship of mass-media in this issue, accepting the infantile lies of CERN and its marketing campaigns without any critical thought, even laughing at the fact that technology has crossed now in the age of the ‘singularity’, of machines whose energy is so awesome that can extinguish our species. Fromm indeed understood the future better than all those ‘boys with big toys’ working at the factory of black holes. ‘Alea Jacta Est’ said the Nuclear industry and the chorus of journalists responded ‘Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant’ . 50 years of fiction tvs seem to have degraded the collective subconscious of mankind to allow this dark day in which a factory of dark matter was inaugurated with cheers of those it menaces to wipe out from the face of the earth.

Re:PROTON CANNON! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30178672)

And no bird droppings

Re:PROTON CANNON! (1)

Trent Hawkins (1093109) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178718)

And they were sure to kill any ghosts that were haunting the doomsday device.

Let's just hope they never try to cross the beams...

Re:PROTON CANNON! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30180258)

The whole point of a particle collider is to cross the streams and ya' know collide them.

We're boned.

Lets root out more expencive bugs. (1)

SueAnnSueAnn (998877) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178896)

I expect there to be more failures and more faulty engineering uncovered. This project would have been better off had it been built by high school students.

The Ultimate ManToy can't function due to impotence.
You guys know there is a cure for that............

Right?

Can they set it up in 2 years? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30179288)

Say, at about January, 2012?

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (1)

planckscale (579258) | more than 4 years ago | (#30179436)

Just curious, but why do they only smash protons and not neutrons? Is it because the proton has a charge and thus can be flung around by the magnets? I mean if they are looking for elusive particles like the Higgs, I would think it would more likely be held inside a neutron rather than a proton.

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (3, Informative)

Alwinner (1576143) | more than 4 years ago | (#30179504)

Charged particles can be accelarated in an electromagnetic field, but uncharged particles (like neutrons) cannot.

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (3, Informative)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#30179640)

For a guy with planck in his name you really need to read up on particle physics A neutron is udd, a proton is uud. Nothing special there, one is magnetic though.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Particle_physics [wikipedia.org]

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (1)

planckscale (579258) | more than 4 years ago | (#30180006)

Thanks ok so if the only difference is one is udd and the other is uud, then the "mass" in each is the same I suppose. And each would contain roughly the same exotic particles as the other. Maybe I'm just caught up in the god particle frenzy. I should stick to trying to understand string theory instead.

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (2, Informative)

bucky0 (229117) | more than 4 years ago | (#30180956)

Because we can control protons (and other charged particles) with electric/magnetic fields. We don't have a way to steer (and accelerate) neutrons (well, there are neat little tricks, but none of them are as powerful).

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (5, Informative)

KingOfTheDustBunnies (125196) | more than 4 years ago | (#30180978)

so if the only difference is one is udd and the other is uud, then the "mass" in each is the same I suppose.

Very nearly. The mass of the proton is 938 MeV; the neutron is 939 MeV. And the physics at a proton-neutron or neutron-neutron collider would be very similar to that at a proton-proton collider. But neutrons are neutral, as you and others have pointed out, and therefore much more difficult to accelerate.

Now you could imagine a collider with a stationary neutron target and a high-energy proton beam. But remember that what you get out depends on the energy as measured in the center-of-mass frame of the colliding particles. To reach the LHC design energy of 14 TeV, you can collide two protons, each with an energy of 7 TeV in the lab frame, or you can collide a neutron at rest and a proton with an energy of ... excuse me while I dig out my TI-85 ... 104 PeV. Holy cow. I don't think anyone here has any idea how to get a 100-PeV beam in a working collider experiment, and I'm sure we don't have the money. So protons it is.

And each would contain roughly the same exotic particles as the other.

I think there's a misconception here. Protons (and neutrons) don't "contain" Higgs bosons, or W and Z bosons, or top quarks, or high-pT jets, or any of the other interesting things that we see at the Tevatron and will see at the LHC. These things are created from the kinetic energy of the two colliding protons. But otherwise yes, if you could find a way to build a neutron collider, you'd see pretty much the same stuff as at a proton collider of the same energy.

Oh, and I must rant:

Please don't call it the "God particle". This unfortunate nickname was coined as a marketing ploy and is not apt. Physicists do not call it the God particle. Reporters call it the God particle. And the main result is that people become confused, frightened, or angry.

I'm tempted to point out that if you're interested in a theory describing the universe we happen to live in, the Higgs boson is far more likely to be relevant than string theory. But maybe I should leave that discussion for another thread.

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (0)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 4 years ago | (#30181722)

Oh, and I must rant:

Please don't call it the "God particle". This unfortunate nickname was coined as a marketing ploy and is not apt. Physicists do not call it the God particle. Reporters call it the God particle. And the main result is that people become confused, frightened, or angry.

(sighs) Only in America...

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (1)

0xygen (595606) | more than 4 years ago | (#30181114)

Presumably you can still hit static neutrons with the proton beam?

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30181820)

but beams traveling in opposite directions have twice the relative velocity & smash harder.

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30181870)

My understanding is that neutrons, like any other subatomic particle, do not rest unless at 0 Kelvin. Otherwise, they will wiggle about, making poor targets in the absence of an sort of capture/containment field. Also, cooling to 0K is asymptotically hard to achieve, effectively impossible.

At present, it looks like the LHC will operate at just above 0K, but not at it.
http://lhc.web.cern.ch/lhc/

Charged particles, on the other hand, may be held at a known location and/or known path with the application of a containment field.

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (2, Informative)

grahamoconnor (192223) | more than 4 years ago | (#30182400)

"Charged particles, on the other hand, may be held at a known location and/or known path with the application of a containment field."

Heisenberg begs to differ.

Re:why protons and not neutrons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30182506)

Just curious, but why do they only smash protons and not neutrons? Is it because the proton has a charge and thus can be flung around by the magnets? I mean if they are looking for elusive particles like the Higgs, I would think it would more likely be held inside a neutron rather than a proton.

because magnetic fields cause rotational motion which can be used to redirect the protons in such a manner that accelrates them through electric fields, a process only works with charged particles... ie protons, an electron would work, but you'd have to run it backwards, and munipulate the intensity of the b-field. However, protons provide a more impressive show than electrons, so we stuck with that.

Beam me up Scotty! (1)

volxdragon (1297215) | more than 4 years ago | (#30177900)

Oh, wait, wrong show (or was that a LHC around the disc of the Enterprise??!?)

Re:Beam me up Scotty! (2, Funny)

chibiace (898665) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178234)

we could generate a quantum polyatomic matter field to polarize the flux capacitance of the deflector dish so that the proton beam becomes stabilized enough to generate the neutron osmosis type VI black hole

Re:Beam me up Scotty! (2, Funny)

click2005 (921437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178546)

quark smashing across the LHC
on the LEP collider looking for the higgs
quark smashing across the LHC
only smashing protons cos we cant find bosons

theres ATLAS and the CMS, ALICE and LHCb
looking for dark matter and super symmetry

quark smashing across the LHC
on the LEP collider looking for the higgs
quark smashing across the LHC
only smashing protons cos we cant find bosons

theres gluons on the starboard bow but no signs of dark energy
fundamental forces and its link to weak gravity

quark smashing across the LHC
on the LEP collider looking for the higgs
quark smashing across the LHC
only smashing protons cos we cant find bosons

(sung to Star Trekkin')

Re:Beam me up Scotty! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30180356)

Maybe "Beam Me Around, Willy"?

Remember, this is only ONE hurdle to clear... (5, Funny)

mmell (832646) | more than 4 years ago | (#30177904)

They still have many engineering challenges to complete before the LHC can start looking for the Higgs Boson.

Assuming it exists. After all, this is an experiment designed to determine the accurace of a theory, not to confirm it.

Of course, I believe they'll find it. My wife goes to 'mass' every weekend; I'm assuming that's where Higgs particles come from? I wouldn't know, as I haven't gone. You could describe me as 'massless'. :)

Re:Remember, this is only ONE hurdle to clear... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30177982)

You actually believe that you're funny, don't you?

No. (2, Funny)

mmell (832646) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178070)

At least, I wasn't really trying to be funny.

If you disagree, feel free to mod me up!

Re:No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30178312)

There's a joke in there somewhere. It has something to do with the Higgs boson being the "God" particle. I don't quite get it, though.

Re:No. (2, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178670)

Scientists think that the God particle creates mass. But actually it's the priest particles who are responsible for the mass.

Re:Remember, this is only ONE hurdle to clear... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30178256)

Since when could science confirm anything?

Re:Remember, this is only ONE hurdle to clear... (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178386)

Since when could science confirm anything?

Since late last Thursday, around noon time....

Re:Remember, this is only ONE hurdle to clear... (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178662)

Science confirms stuff all the time. Any theory claiming that claims the existance of X can be confirmed by finding X. When a scientist duplicates an experiment and obtains the same results, they are confirming the experiment.

Re:Remember, this is only ONE hurdle to clear... (4, Interesting)

zygotic mitosis (833691) | more than 4 years ago | (#30179616)

"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong." - Albert Einstein

Re:Remember, this is only ONE hurdle to clear... (4, Interesting)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178474)

I prefer the hypothesis that some greater being is actively trying to sabotage the collider for our own protection. I know it is completely unscientific, and probably complete rubbish.

Re:Remember, this is only ONE hurdle to clear... (2, Interesting)

Kjella (173770) | more than 4 years ago | (#30182286)

Personally I hope the LHC gets up to full power and running at the latest by the end of 2011, so I can sigh and say "Whatever, wasn't the world supposed to end last year too when the LHC went online? This is getting ridiculous..." If they are delayed into 2012, the conspiracy nuts will align and we'll never hear the end of it (until 2013 anyway).

Re:Remember, this is only ONE hurdle to clear... (1)

bar-agent (698856) | more than 4 years ago | (#30182936)

I prefer the hypothesis that some greater being is actively trying to sabotage the collider for our own protection. I know it is completely unscientific, and probably complete rubbish.

The "greater being" part, yes. That that collider is sabotaged for our protection is more-or-less plausible. It's more like, we happen to be in a universe that is consistently winning games of Russian Roulette. In other universes, they didn't have any issues starting the LHC, it accidentally the entire universe, and they got wiped from creation. Hasn't happened here...yet. Quantum suicide, they call it.

Re:Remember, this is only ONE hurdle to clear... (1)

anarchyboy (720565) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178966)

Umm well kind of, its an experiment to confirm the existence of the higgs if it does exist and to probe the physics of electroweak symmetry breaking (i.e find whatever else is causing the higgs mechanism) if it doesn't. I mean determining that the existence of a higgs particle is an accurate theory is the same as determining its existence give or take some philisophical arguments about existance.

Well that's a relief! (2, Funny)

HiggsBison (678319) | more than 4 years ago | (#30179558)

They still have many engineering challenges to complete before the LHC can start looking for the Higgs Boson.

Well, that's a big relief! Wait... Boson? Oh. Never mind.

Re:Well that's a relief! (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#30179756)

I found him!

Scientists around the world cheered triumphantly learning their efforts weren't in vain as they found the elusive 'G-d' particle. Or so they thought. Early this morning a lab technician noticed a flaw in the work, having double and triple checked it seems the ticker tape parades need be canceled. The particle they found was in fact a HiggsBison particle which is of no redeeming value. We have M. Bison here now.

April O'Neil: How does it feel disappointing so many people around there world? And have you seen Mr. Boson?

Re:Well that's a relief! (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#30179774)

And yes in case any one asks I do think that the Higgs Boson is Jewish and much prefers G-d.

'Pew Pew' noises uttered by people with PHDs (5, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 4 years ago | (#30177934)

Come on, you know someone did it...

Re:'Pew Pew' noises uttered by people with PHDs (1)

brianc (11901) | more than 4 years ago | (#30180690)

I suspect it was more along the lines of a NASCAR/Indy/Forumula 1 doppler effect...

That, or a light saber hum.

Thanks for the warning (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30177944)

I was planning on getting really drunk on December 20th 2012, but maybe I'll get drunk tonight because obviously the earth will disappear tomorrow at 0600GMT

Re:Thanks for the warning (4, Funny)

lorenlal (164133) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178020)

You're planning on *not* getting really drunk for 3 more years? That's gotta be a killer party you're planning.

I plan on getting really drunk as soon as I can get myself to the corner liquor store (and home safely).

bad timing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30177962)

what with everything else going whack, a planet/universe eating black hole will not help much? like the sci-fi channel in real time/space/circumstance?

not to mention, the lights are coming up all over now. ta da?

Engineers do not yet have a stable circulating (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30178016)

Engineers do not yet have a stable circulating beam but they hope to byNO UNIVERSE

Real-time Updates (5, Informative)

SMQ (241278) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178048)

Re:Real-time Updates (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30178146)

Also more real-time technical details
http://op-webtools.web.cern.ch/op-webtools/vistar/vistars.php?usr=LHC1

Re:Real-time Updates (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30178466)

Just .. missed ... it... too... fast... to... tweet...

Wow (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30178078)

I heard that LHC is being sabotaged from the future by parallel universes. Cool, neat. Let's all marvel at this idea and give 5, Interesting to this comment for no good fucking reason

I thought that was a Star Trek: Enterprise plot. (1)

mmell (832646) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178172)

You mean, they were serious?

Wow, maybe that's why I haven't won the Powerball lottery - the future abhors the prospect of me being rich! Oh, well...if my wife and kids are out to make sure I'm never rich, why should the future be any different?

wow, we are still here! (1)

idji (984038) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178176)

Is there anybody else out there, or am I alone in my own micro black hole?

Re:wow, we are still here! (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178224)

We were never here. We were, and remain, figments of your deranged imagination.

Re:wow, we are still here! (1)

ACS Solver (1068112) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178608)

Don't worry, the power levels required for planet-consuming black holes will be reached right on schedule, on December 22nd.

Crap, I was going to go see a movie on Monday (1)

JeffSpudrinski (1310127) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178306)

I *was* going to go see a movie on Monday, but since we're all going to be sucked into a black hole of oblivion, that plan is out the window.

On a positive note, I don't have to worry about those credit card bills now.

Re:Crap, I was going to go see a movie on Monday (1)

juhaz (110830) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178844)

Oh, don't be ridiculous, everyone knows the blackhole is so small it's going to take at least a few weeks to devour the Earth. Might even be months, so better take care of those bills too.

Re:Crap, I was going to go see a movie on Monday (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 4 years ago | (#30179316)

If the LHC doesn't kill us now, the Sun will eventually devour the earth anyway in a few million years. Paying those bills does seem pretty pointless.

What next...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30178356)

Engineers do not yet have a stable circulating beam but they hope to by 0600 GMT on Saturday.

By 0324 GMT Sat. the protonbeam will inadvertedly collide with a piece o' bread.

end of the world special (4, Funny)

czarangelus (805501) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178434)

Won't you all have egg on your faces when the LHC opens the Abyss from Revelations and the Beast and false prophet are able to materialize on the Earth for the first time in ages? The Nephilim from the Old Testament have been psychically manipulating the power elites of Earth in order to secure funding for this demonic Stargate. Source: Satan's Star Gate [youtube.com]

I love all these romantic theories about alien or demonic invasion. Sadly, I think that neither that will happen nor will any new particles be discovered. RE: The Tao of Physics - we find what we're looking for in the act of looking for it. Or to paraphrase Eris - the more attention I pay to the number five the more places I see it!!

Re:end of the world special (1)

Sannish (803665) | more than 4 years ago | (#30180836)

Sadly, I think that neither that will happen nor will any new particles be discovered.

Not finding anything new with the LHC will actually be quite an exciting result in and of itself. Mostly it will tell us that our current theories of particle physics are wrong.

Hopefully they're more careful (4, Interesting)

Nautical Insanity (1190003) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178786)

this time around. I have a physics prof who's part of the project. Part of our lecture on superconductivity was dedicated to the catastrophic malfunction. There's nothing that conveys the epic nature of the failure like technical language.

According to my professor, they were in too much of a rush to get the thing started they didn't fully test the whole thing. One of the superconducting junctions quenched (transitioned from superconductive to non-superconductive states due to the 7-8 Tesla magnetic field), necessitating the dispersal of IIRC 1500 A of current. This turned insulating copper into plasma which breached the chamber wall and caused the explosive vaporization of 2 tons of liquid helium into the accelerating chamber.

Long story short, it's a very large, complicated, and expensive machine. They'd better sure everything works this time.

Re:Hopefully they're more careful (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30180912)

Uhh, it broke DURING a test. Your professor is wrong when he says that they didn't test it enough, since it was a test that actually caused the malfunction

Just in case (2, Funny)

failedlogic (627314) | more than 4 years ago | (#30178902)

Where can I buy a Delorean they are hard to find nowadays? I'm working on the flux gapacitor. I'm adding Nitro to the car so I can go 88 mph in no time and the source of the 1.21 gigawatts is easy for me to get. Its just that darn Delorean. I don't think my Honda Civic will work. Screw it, I'm going to steal a Ferrari.

Re:Just in case (1)

fred fleenblat (463628) | more than 4 years ago | (#30179764)

when I was a kid, we used to call them flux condensers, and gosh darn it was quite the challenge to get a studebaker up to 88 cubits per centon.

Re:Just in case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30180808)

A Ferrari won't work -- the stainless steel skin of the DeLorean was necessary to distribute the electrical charge correctly.

That said, they sell for about $50k on eBay.

Re:Just in case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30182470)

Just stick a coffee can exhaust and a giant spoiler on your Civic. At least then it'll look like it's going 88MPH

But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30179080)

http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/ ???

A picture from LHC (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30179318)

Well, they were successful, here's a picture:

http://fox.nncdn.com/nn/0/142/729/324435.jpg [nncdn.com]

No problems whatsoever.

The REAL picture from the LHC and ATLAS (1)

Roger W Moore (538166) | more than 4 years ago | (#30180900)

Splash events from the ATLAS experiment, from beam hitting an upstream collimator, can be seen here [web.cern.ch] (updated regularly). The plan is to have low energy collisions within a week to help test the detectors. Accelerating the beams, in preparation for high energy collisions, will happen next year (so no black holes until then!). More details are available from the LHC commissioning [web.cern.ch] and status pages [web.cern.ch] . There is even a CERN tweet [twitter.com] available for all you twits.

They've started it again! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30181456)

I knew they started that damned thing up again, my hemroids are killing me again...

anonymous coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30182692)

wow! cool! they proton-beam-scanned a calorimeter!
(wondering what all those yellow X's are in atlas flash movie?)

Zombies (0)

Msdose (867833) | more than 4 years ago | (#30182918)

Ten thousand years of religions breeding their adherents into zombie armies have resulted in a population that is entirely caught up in a death wish which prevents it from seeing that the LHC is creating the field that is responsible for giving them their wish. This is why half the movies today are about zombies; people unconsciously recognize themselves but are unable to resist their fate.
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