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 17,622 posts
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    CERN People
  • spindizzy 26 Apr 2012 14:20:02 6,428 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 4,498 posts
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    That's excellent spindizzy!
  • spindizzy 26 Apr 2012 15:48:04 6,428 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 17,622 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 6,428 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.
  • w00t 6 May 2012 11:05:49 11,053 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

    The day charity died - NEVER FORGET

    (the mic was OK in the end)

  • spindizzy 3 Jul 2012 09:56:38 6,428 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 5,980 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 12,584 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 6,428 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 39,388 posts
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    XENU IS COMING!

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Plant 3 Jul 2012 12:22:30 247 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 17,144 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 6,428 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 39,388 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?!

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • LeoliansBro 3 Jul 2012 14:29:17 43,321 posts
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    It can't be a coincidence that 'Anti-Higgs Particle' is an anagram of 'Cursed Gateway to Eternal Fire'.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • urban 3 Jul 2012 14:49:51 10,926 posts
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    That was fun.
  • Plant 3 Jul 2012 15:14:41 247 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 17,622 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!!
  • ecureuil 3 Jul 2012 20:15:01 76,547 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 6,428 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 4,090 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 39,388 posts
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    It's on now...

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Fab4 4 Jul 2012 08:40:35 5,980 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 2,386 posts
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    5 sigma is basically saying we've found it. Cool.
  • spamdangled 4 Jul 2012 09:12:30 27,271 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"?

    3DS: 4055-2781-2855 Xbox: spamdangled PSN: dark_morgan Wii U: Spamdangle Steam: spamdangled

  • megastar 4 Jul 2012 09:23:01 17,144 posts
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    Higgs, innit?
  • X201 4 Jul 2012 09:31:57 15,161 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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