CERN's LHC "The most complicated thing that humans have ever built" Page 61

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  • Bremenacht 26 Mar 2012 22:54:11 21,616 posts
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    CERN People
  • spindizzy 26 Apr 2012 14:20:02 6,826 posts
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    This is a really good explanation of what we do...
    http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1489
  • LockeTribal 26 Apr 2012 14:37:26 4,594 posts
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    That's excellent spindizzy!
  • spindizzy 26 Apr 2012 15:48:04 6,826 posts
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    I know - it's so well done isn't it? The PhD comics are in general spot on, but that is truly awesome!
  • Bremenacht 4 May 2012 15:43:20 21,616 posts
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17956202


    (He's still here, isn't he - spindizzy?)

    Edited by Bremenacht at 15:43:45 04-05-2012
  • spindizzy 5 May 2012 08:14:38 6,826 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17956202


    (He's still here, isn't he - spindizzy?)
    No. I actually 'knew' him slightly. Strange guy. Not sure about this whole thing though - AFAIK he didn't actually 'do' anything. And he was kept in prison without being charged for 2 years. It's all a bit odd.

    But we have huge numbers (dunno the exact number but 30k? 50k?) of people affiliated with CERN - it's not too surprising that something like this happened.
  • opalw00t 6 May 2012 11:05:49 11,677 posts
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    A friend of mine works on the ATLAS experiment. Here is the account of his most recent night shift (last night), if you're interested at seeing some behind-the-scenes bits...

    The Live Blog Everyone’s Been Waiting For: ATLAS Night Shifts
  • spindizzy 3 Jul 2012 09:56:38 6,826 posts
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    In case anyone is interested, the Higgs seminar will be webcast tomorrow:
    http://webcast.web.cern.ch/webcast/

    I'll be getting there super early to try to get a seat... ;-)
  • Fab4 3 Jul 2012 10:33:29 6,655 posts
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    Any reason for it being on US Independence Day? :D Have they discovered an encrypted message from aliens in it? ;) :D
  • sport 3 Jul 2012 10:44:20 13,041 posts
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    I'll be very disappointed if they haven't opened a gateway to Hell.
  • spindizzy 3 Jul 2012 12:05:42 6,826 posts
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    Fab4 wrote:
    Any reason for it being on US Independence Day? :D Have they discovered an encrypted message from aliens in it? ;) :D
    Heh. Wait and see... ;-)
  • mcmonkeyplc 3 Jul 2012 12:07:26 39,854 posts
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    XENU IS COMING!
  • Plant 3 Jul 2012 12:22:30 288 posts
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    @spindizzy
    certainly looking like my prediction a couple of weeks ago was on the money.

    Will this announcement make a huge difference in the field, or will it be considered something of an anticlimax, like when I found my Christmas presents early and it was TMNT satchel?
  • megastar 3 Jul 2012 12:30:45 17,230 posts
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    TMNT were awesome, dude! I'd of loved that!

    But seriously, this will be anti climatic surely! If you'd of found "it" then that would of gotten out by now anyway huh?
  • spindizzy 3 Jul 2012 13:32:18 6,826 posts
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    Either way it's interesting! Either the particle exists, and now the focus turns onto measuring its properties (for example, there are many, many 'types' of Higgs particles predicted by many different theories) and if it DOESN'T exist and what we saw last year was a statistical fluke, then theorists better get busy because we need something Higgs-like to explain mass.

    For the general public, a discovery would probably seem more exciting of course, but it's not necessarily the same for us. ;-)
  • mcmonkeyplc 3 Jul 2012 13:44:24 39,854 posts
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    So if we understand mass I assume one of you will create an anti-mass unit as in anti gravity?

    Yeah?

    Right?!
  • urban 3 Jul 2012 14:49:51 11,486 posts
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    That was fun.
  • Plant 3 Jul 2012 15:14:41 288 posts
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    megastar wrote:
    TMNT were awesome, dude! I'd of loved that!

    My best mate got a SNES. :(
  • Bremenacht 3 Jul 2012 20:11:51 21,616 posts
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    Fab4 wrote:
    Any reason for it being on US Independence Day? :D
    Did you know they're still crunching through data from the Tevatron? It'll be quite something if the yanks pull the rabbit* out of the hat, after their accelerator has been shut down.

    Another bloody 'strong indication'! Just say you've found it, you pesky scientists!!
  • ecu 3 Jul 2012 20:15:01 77,785 posts
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    They're scientists, not Daily Mail journalists. There's no room for sensationalism..
  • spindizzy 3 Jul 2012 23:12:28 6,826 posts
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    Ha! If only that were true. ;-) But we do try...

    And Brem ... not a chance.
  • Fake_Blood 4 Jul 2012 00:41:31 5,006 posts
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    It's like they've build the world's largest microscope and everyone wants to know what you can see through the eyepiece.
    Must be really hard for the scientists knowing that the entire world is watching. I mean, in science you're rarely 100% sure about anything.
  • mcmonkeyplc 4 Jul 2012 08:10:21 39,854 posts
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    It's on now...
  • Fab4 4 Jul 2012 08:40:35 6,655 posts
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    Was watching...didn't have a clue at what he was talking about and then he said "5 sigma" and the audience went 'crazy' :D
  • RunningMan 4 Jul 2012 08:47:05 2,524 posts
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    5 sigma is basically saying we've found it. Cool.
  • spamdangled 4 Jul 2012 09:12:30 27,911 posts
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    Fab4 wrote:
    Was watching...didn't have a clue at what he was talking about and then he said "5 sigma" and the audience went 'crazy' :D
    Is that scientist-talk for "lots of people pushed their glasses back up the bridge of their nose and raised an eyebrow"?
  • megastar 4 Jul 2012 09:23:01 17,230 posts
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    Higgs, innit?
  • X201 4 Jul 2012 09:31:57 16,551 posts
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    I'd like to congratulate Professor Spindizzy on his excellent work in finding the Higgs boson*





    *some other people may have helped, but we know it was mostly Spindizzy's work.
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