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Cern: Big Bang – start of the world’s biggest science experiment!

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    evildictait​or

    vesuvius said:
    Dr Herbie said:
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    I'm hoping that by colliding these sub-atomic particles, behaviour supportive of nuclear fusion may be witnessed. This is one of the hardest problems to solve, hitherto scientists have been unable to see how sub-atomic particles behave at such extremes.

    Fusion would solve the energy crisis for sure, and negate carbon emissions exponentially. That would go some way to resolving the state of the World.
    You bought up the FUD of the nuclear fusion lobby pretty well.

    Nuclear fusion is:

    a) Not carbon neutral - you have to build the installation, decommission it, transport the fuel, store the waste etc.
    b) Not cheap - those super magnets, the reactor and the staff all have costs
    c) Not going to solve global climate change - to convert the industry over the Nuclear fusion if all the technology was ready, the politics sorted and the cash available would take at least 20 years to build and get them running. If we add the 50 or so years of time left before we get to there, we're already getting close to 2100, which puts us squarely into "dealing with the consequences of catastrophic climate change" territory, rather than "preventing catastrophic climate change"
    d) Not free of nuclear waste. It might put out only Helium, but it's Helium that's been superheated to the temperature of the Sun, which will happily put out a pile of gamma radiation for the next thousand years or so. It might not have the same half-life as spent uranium, but it's still a long time.

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    wisemx

    For all the silly wastes of $$$ you guys pick on U.S. for I can not believe you spent $5 Billion for a big hole in the ground. Big Smile

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    evildictait​or

    wisemx said:
    For all the silly wastes of $$$ you guys pick on U.S. for I can not believe you spent $5 Billion for a big hole in the ground. Big Smile
    I'd like to point out that this wasn't one superbig donation from the EU or Switzerland. There's a huge bunch of countries contributing financially and computationally to CERN, and the US is no exception.

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    mikexkearney

    evildictaitor said:
    wisemx said:
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    I'd like to point out that this wasn't one superbig donation from the EU or Switzerland. There's a huge bunch of countries contributing financially and computationally to CERN, and the US is no exception.
    http://www.cyriak.co.uk/lhc/lhc-webcams.html

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    jjesse

    mikexkearney said:
    But isn't using Nuclear power much more carbon freidnly then using coal/gas/oil to heat and power things?  Seems like we hsould at least start building and using something we know about    

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    wisemx

    mikexkearney said:
    Bad kitty

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    Harlequin

    wisemx said:
    For all the silly wastes of $$$ you guys pick on U.S. for I can not believe you spent $5 Billion for a big hole in the ground. Big Smile
    "First rule of government spending. Why build one when you can have two for twice the price?" - Hadden from the movie Contact

    I'll betcha there's a secret one in the Nevada desert too Wink

    Paid for by the U.S., built by Japanese subcontractors...

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    wisemx

    Harlequin said:
    wisemx said:
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    "First rule of government spending. Why build one when you can have two for twice the price?" - Hadden from the movie Contact

    I'll betcha there's a secret one in the Nevada desert too Wink

    Paid for by the U.S., built by Japanese subcontractors...

    For the most part we are not Socialists but I would not mind it if we acted like that for "bridge" projects.
    Most of U.S. are all for spending money on projects if some groups benefit, even if they are not in the U.S.
    There are few countries in the world like that but we are not the only one.

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    Dovella

    CERN is Back today.

     

    Cern on twitter live

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    Dovella

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    Harlequin

    Dovella said:

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    The wormhold to the 8th dimension collapsed I can see with that "Collapsed!!" tweet, so that's good news.

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    Charles

    Harlequin said:
    Dovella said:
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    The wormhold to the 8th dimension collapsed I can see with that "Collapsed!!" tweet, so that's good news.

    This is an exciting experiment! Hunt for the elusive Boson. Of course, ensuring that the beams of energy actually collide is a quite difficult engineering problem. Will be interesting to see if they discover what they think they're looking for. The universe is a trickster.


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    Bass

    I can already hear the headcrabs!

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    W3bbo

    Bass said:

    I can already hear the headcrabs!

    Someone please make an LHC map for Half-Life 2.

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    elmer

    kettch said:
    Lloyd_Humph said:
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    Depending how what kind of hole it rips in the fabric of reality, we could get stuck in some sort temporal loop and be doomed to spend eternity repeating the same chunk of time before "the event" over and over. So yeah, we could get killed a lot more than 200 times.

    doomed to spend eternity repeating the same chunk of time before "the event" over and over

     

    Really? Excellent... Oct 21 I'm going to get myself a *REALLY* expensive hooker...

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    magicalclick

    Nice video. While it is scary to think about HL incident, but, I think it is worth the risk.

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    blowdart

    magicalclick said:

    Nice video. While it is scary to think about HL incident, but, I think it is worth the risk.

    Especially as the French will go first. Which would make it all worth while.

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