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LHC Online Tomorrow

The “Big Bang Machine” goes online tomorrow. The Large Hadron Collider will explore the tiniest particles and re-enact parts of the Big Bang.

Sure, there’s a small chance that the universe will wink out of existence when the thing is fired up, but it’s a pretty small chance. As Cory Doctorow reported:

[A]s one physicist told me when I asked about this last month while researching my Petacentres article for Nature, “Look, it’s a 10^-19 chance, and you’ve got a 10^-11 chance of suddenly evaporating while shaving.”

(I may never shave again.)

Kate McAlpine, a Michigan State University graduate at CERN, has created the Large Hadron Rap as an homage.

Posted in News September 9th, 2008 by Chip
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