Monday, September 8, 2008

The Big Bang....Revisited......oh boy.

On Wednesday, Scientists will fire up the Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile-long doughnut-shaped tunnel that will smash sub-atomic particles together at nearly the speed of light.

Built by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), the collider lies beneath the French-Swiss border, near the institution’s headquarters in Geneva, at depths ranging from 170ft to 600ft.

The aim of the £4.4billion experiment is to recreate the conditions that existed a fraction of a second after the Big Bang – the birth of the universe – and provide vital clues to the building blocks of life.

It will track the spray of particles thrown out by collisions in a search for the elusive Higgs Boson, a theoretical entity that supposedly lends weight, or mass, to the elementary particles. So important is this mysterious substance that it has been called the ‘God Particle’.

Scientists also hope to shed some light on the invisible material that exists between particles – dubbed ‘dark matter’ as no one knows what it really is – which makes up most of the universe.

*Skeptics, cynics and generally everbody who ISN'T a Physicist....well, quite frankly, either don't care, or hope that it doesn't start a chain reaction that destroys the Universe......

Here's a little hip-hop, Physics video to explain what they "hope" happens.....

Me.....I'm going to have a few adult libations, and see if I'm still here on Thursday.

If not.....well, it's been nice.

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