A Break in Biochemistry topics: Looking for “God’s particle”


 

Today there was a big step in the biggest physics experiment in history: two beams of protons were fired (in oppositte directions) around the 17-mile underground ring located part in Switzerland and part in France.

 

“The LHC is the Large Hadron Collider, and the biggest scientific experiment of all time. Large, because it is exactly that – a ring 27 kilometers around with particle detectors the size of multi-storey buildings along its length. Hadron, because it uses protons from the centers of atoms as its raw material (just to be difficult physicists sometimes refer to them as hadrons). Collider, because it smashes those hadrons together.”  

 

Eventually two beams of protons will be fired close to the speed of light, at the same time in opposite directions, so a few protons will collide, with the aim of recreating conditions a split second after the big bang.

 

“The CERN experiments could reveal more about “dark matter,” antimatter and possibly hidden dimensions of space and time. It could also find evidence of the hypothetical particle — the Higgs boson — which is sometimes called the “God particle” because it is believed to give mass to all other particles, and thus to matter that makes up the universe.”

 

But there are people talking about Apocalipsis, about Nostradamus, about Dark holes…

 

 

A scariest  graphic approach:

 

 

These dangers have been discarded by the scientifics involved in the experiment.

A very good scientific explanation of the experiment can be found here:

 

Large Hadron Collider

 

 

And another explanation, in this case with  music, showing that physics also have a sense of humor:

 

Large Hadron Collider Rap

 

 

 

More information can be found here

 

Massive particle collider passes first key tests

 

Q&A: the Large Hadron Collider

 

 

The God Particle

 

 

CERN – The Large Hadron Collider

 

 

Follow the next steps on this experiment in the future!

 

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