Breaking geek news

For the truly geeky among us, the Guardian is doing a live blog of today’s test at the Large Hadron Collider. The LHC is already (as of the November 2009 test) the most powerful collider in the world, but today’s test will break its own record by a country mile. Even at that, it’s still ramping up to a mere 50% of its capacity — 3.5 trillion electron volts (TeV) today, 7 TeV ultimately. (Or, as my southern uncle used to say, God willing and the creeks don’t rise.)

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6 Responses to Breaking geek news

  1. Inge says:

    i have followed it (well a dutch version of it). Great ain’t it?

  2. Kugai says:

    So the end of the world is delayed yet again :D ;)

    • oregon expat says:

      Kugai, you’re right! I forgot that the first atomic collision at the LHC was supposed to produce planet-eating miniature black holes. Well, they’re only at half-power now…there’s still time.

      • Scout says:

        you jest, but imagine a classroom full of 12 year olds genuinely frightened at the prospect that the world is going to end… adding fractions isn’t nearly as interesting as the apocalypse!

        • oregon expat says:

          Scout — What a great learning opportunity! Use the moment to teach them why the world is not going to end, and then use the stories about the world ending to teach fractions. “If a mini black hole sucked down 1/3 of the planet, and a second black hole sucked down another 1/4 of the planet, how much of the planet is left?” I only *wish* my middle school math had been that interesting.

  3. Ana_ñ says:

    And this is only the beginning. We do not know what particle physicists will discover from now on.

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