CERN's LHC "The most complicated thing that humans have ever built" Page 52

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  • Deleted user 22 September 2010 21:29:04
    Brian Cox played keyboards for several years in D:Ream, while studying for his physics PhD degree.

    That's from wiki though, so take with a pinch of salt. You're probably right.
  • DaM 22 Sep 2010 21:34:14 13,338 posts
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    spindizzy wrote:
    That was a LOT less powerful than the LHC. Basically, I think the effects of putting your head in the LHC beam would be a lot more immediate, and impressive.

    Any chance you could chuck in a watermelon and film it for us? Or a chicken? Go on, it's in the name of science.....
  • FatsoJetson 23 Sep 2010 00:02:21 307 posts
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    AltCtrlDelete wrote:
    Brian Cox played keyboards for several years in D:Ream, while studying for his physics PhD degree.

    That's from wiki though, so take with a pinch of salt. You're probably right.

    It's true. He did.
  • grey_matters 23 Sep 2010 00:57:51 3,799 posts
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    FatsoJetson wrote:
    AltCtrlDelete wrote:
    Brian Cox played keyboards for several years in D:Ream, while studying for his physics PhD degree.

    That's from wiki though, so take with a pinch of salt. You're probably right.

    It's true. He did.
    Yeah, he was doing his PhD in Manchester when I was doing my undergrad. The lecturers used to mention it occasionally. Dunno if I ever met him though.
  • localnotail 23 Sep 2010 09:46:33 23,093 posts
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    He was definitely in D:REAM. It gave him a terrible drug habit

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • woodnotes 23 Sep 2010 09:52:10 4,935 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    He was definitely in D:REAM. It gave him a terrible drug habit
    lol :D

    EDIT: "White lines. Bang, bang, bang. Literally hoover it up!" :D
  • Ged42 4 Nov 2010 20:53:52 7,757 posts
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    Spindizzy, are you lot having fun making a mini Big Bang?

    Though have you thought about the consequences of making a mini-Big Bang, I mean are you going to look after the mini-universe, take it for walks and clean up after it?

    A universe is for life not just for christmas you know.
  • spindizzy 6 Nov 2010 12:36:52 6,542 posts
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    Sorry for the late reply - I missed this.

    I'm actually on call right now in case we get heavy ion collisions this afternoon. I actually hope they continue to have glitches so I can watch the rugby... ;-)

    But yeah, probably tonight or tomorrow morning, the various detectors on the LHC will start recording temperatures higher than ever seen on earth, a million-ish times hotter than the centre of the sun. Who has the marshmallows?
  • localnotail 6 Nov 2010 13:09:32 23,093 posts
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    Ooh exciting. I wonder if this technology will eventually be harnessed for the good of mankind, with the creation of the instant toaster?

    Most likely, it will be used for evil though, to make more efficient hair straighteners.

    Good luck spin, remember to put your oven gloves on.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • skuzzbag 6 Nov 2010 13:14:01 5,651 posts
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    Just out of interest if something bad happened would this be the beginning of the end for scientific funding into the unknown?
  • spindizzy 6 Nov 2010 13:23:48 6,542 posts
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    Edit: @skuzzbag

    No, I don't think so, because we're curious creatures by nature and so we always want to learn more about the world. But it'd be bad for funding in the short term, I'm sure.

    Luckily that nothing bad is going to happen, so it doesn't really matter.
  • DaM 6 Nov 2010 16:35:13 13,338 posts
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    Billy_sastard wrote:
    I didn't know we had a forumite working on the L.H.C. Pretty cool stuff, I love this sort of thing even though much of it goes over my head.

    Well that's where he F5s the forum from, if that's what we call work these days.

    ;)
  • spindizzy 8 Nov 2010 09:55:17 6,542 posts
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    Hah! I have PhD students to press F5 for me!

    Symmetry magazine has some nice articles explaining about the lead-lead collisions:
    http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/breaking/2010/11/08/first-lead-ion-collisions-in-the-lhc/
    http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/breaking/2010/11/05/the-skinny-on-the-lhcs-heavy-ions/
  • spindizzy 8 Nov 2010 10:22:21 6,542 posts
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    Nutjob interpretation here:
    http://www.cerntruth.com/?p=125
  • Load_2.0 8 Nov 2010 10:44:51 19,446 posts
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    CERN could announce anything and I would have no way of knowing whether it is true or not.

    Oh we are looking for quarks and gluons. OK

    We will have a temperatures a million time hotter than the core of the sun. OK

    The reaction will generate a mild quacking sound. OK

    An unusual side effect of this process are delicious salt crystals. OK
  • pauleyc 8 Nov 2010 11:01:00 4,483 posts
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    spindizzy wrote:
    Nutjob interpretation here:
    http://www.cerntruth.com/?p=125
    On the 9th, eh? Any chance of a more detailed timeframe? I have a rather long meeting tomorrow and would hate to be sitting in a boring conference room while the world ends in a collapsing fireball of strange matter.
  • spindizzy 8 Nov 2010 11:21:19 6,542 posts
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    Load "$" wrote:
    CERN could announce anything and I would have no way of knowing whether it is true or not.

    Oh we are looking for quarks and gluons. OK

    We will have a temperatures a million time hotter than the core of the sun. OK

    The reaction will generate a mild quacking sound. OK

    An unusual side effect of this process are delicious salt crystals. OK

    I'm now going to add a quacking sound to our event display programme! ;-)
  • Fake_Blood 8 Nov 2010 11:43:42 4,296 posts
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    So you guys are shooting lead nuclei now?
    Could you use plutonium or uranium, they are heavier no?
  • chopsen 8 Nov 2010 11:53:15 16,126 posts
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    Let's organise an EG outing to to CERN! Yay!
  • Fake_Blood 8 Nov 2010 12:16:28 4,296 posts
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    EG meet at cern? Yes please.
  • Lukus 8 Nov 2010 12:20:00 19,262 posts
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    That would be brilliant! I'd have no clue what was going on, but it'd still be brilliant. Optional fancy dress.

    Paintings & Photographs

  • Penguinzoot 8 Nov 2010 13:53:05 487 posts
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    Mini-big bang created at LHC
  • chopsen 8 Nov 2010 14:18:23 16,126 posts
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    If there really is some interest in an EG CERN meet, I'd certainly be up for it. Spindizzy - do you have any suggestion on where to stay/how to get there/etc?

    What theme fancy dress? ;)
  • X201 8 Nov 2010 14:23:14 15,590 posts
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    Chopsen wrote:

    What theme fancy dress? ;)

    Half Life 3, obviously :D
  • spindizzy 8 Nov 2010 15:39:41 6,542 posts
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    Heh, if you guys are really coming then I probably should finish my Guide training so I can be the one to show you around. ;-) Not sure about where to stay - obviously Geneva is a bit expensive, but there are hotels in france too (but Geneva is much more fun for going out and I'd seriously recommend that). I can look into it. Of course, it's also possible to do it in one day.

    Getting to Geneva is easy - there are flights from most of the UK. You can get a bus from the airport to CERN (one change, IIRC).

    Most people who do a CERN tour really like it btw.
  • spindizzy 8 Nov 2010 15:39:43 6,542 posts
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  • chopsen 8 Nov 2010 22:13:40 16,126 posts
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    Yeah, I'm actually quite serious about this. Maybe not the fancy dress bit, but definitely up for a trip to see exactly what the hell it is that is going to destroy the earth as we know it.

    So, Geneva, eh? Even if you're not a qualified to show us round the LHC, I'm sure you can show us round some decent places to wine and dine in Geneva? ;)
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