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itchytriggerniggerfingers
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Large Hadron Collider to start
Scott Casey | August 8, 2008 - 9:48AM

Swiss scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have announced the start-up date for the world's largest particle accelerator which has caused controversy due to the slim possibility the device may create a black hole and destroy the Earth.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which has cost $10 billion, has been constructed under the city of Geneva on the French/Swiss border and is designed to slam together particles of matter to create conditions similar to those that existed shortly after the big bang.

But re-creating the conditions of the big bang has led some to hold fears the LHC could create a variety of doomsday scenarios including spawning many black holes on a micro scale which would join together and expand, rapidly enveloping the Earth and surrounding solar system.

These concerns led to a civil suit being filed in the US state of Hawaii calling on the U.S. Department of Energy, research institute Fermilab, the National Science Foundation and CERN to slow the development of the LHC until safety concerns were dispelled.

The September 10 start date for the LHC's first attempt to circulate a particle beam is one week after a judge in Hawaii will hear a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

The 27 kilometre-long underground circuit which will create the beam is comprised of hundreds of magnets which are used to create powerful magnetic fields that propel particles around the tunnel at close to the speed of light.

To enable the magnets to create the fields, without consuming massive amounts of power or overheating, they are cooled to 1.9 Kelvin or -271 degrees Celcius, just above absolute zero, which allows the magnets to superconduct energy, creating unique properties.

During August and September final synchronisation and preparation will be finished to ensure the LHC is able to accelerate, direct and collide a particle beam of five teraelectronvolts (TeV).

The first circulating beam that will test the LHC in September will be a small beam of 450 gigaelectron volts (GeV) or 0.45 TeV and over the next two years the LHC will build up its power levels until it reaches its design capacity of 14 TeV hopefully in 2010.

CERN plans to live webcast the launch on September 10.

http://webcast.cern.ch

 

tripn
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if there is one way id really like to die its by getting sucked into a black hole. how fucken interesting would that be!

 

itchytriggerniggerfingers
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tripn wrote :
if there is one way id really like to die its by getting sucked into a black hole. how fucken interesting would that be!



Not sure that it would be better than this though :wink:


http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/kinky-sex-death-woman-found-guilty/2008/08/08/1218139047864.html

 

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tripn wrote :
if there is one way id really like to die its by getting sucked into a black hole. how fucken interesting would that be!


Don't be scared of mosquito's.

 

SamuraiJack
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tripn wrote :
if there is one way id really like to die its by getting sucked into a black hole. how fucken interesting would that be!


Not very. Depending on it's size and your proximity, death would most likely come so quickly you wouldn't remember much of anything at all.
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