Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I Don’t Know How I feel About This

I have been reading articles about how Scientists have successfully launched a machine in a tunnel deep beneath the border of France and Switzerland in an attempt to unlock the secrets of the universe. STORY

“The Large Hadron Collider is a $9 billion particle accelerator designed to simulate conditions of the Big Bang that created the physical Universe. In the coming months, the collider is expected to begin smashing particles into each other by sending two beams of protons around the tunnel in opposite directions.

Skeptics, claim that the experiment could lead to the creation of a black hole capable of swallowing the planet. To which physicists acknowledge that the collider could, in theory, create small black holes, they say they do not pose any risk. A study released Friday by CERN scientists explains that any black hole created would be tiny, and would not have enough energy to stick around very long before dissolving

They are claiming that this scientific investment without precedent in the history of humanity will be essential not only for the intimate knowledge of our universe, but also for the direct applications in fields as varied as intensive calculation or even medicine,".

So I don’t know how I feel about this. Are we going too far with our need to know everything? What will happen if this proves or disproves the Big Bang Theory? Um, I don’t know about you, but I would like to know more about those black holes they were talking about! Is this a waste of A LOT of money that could go to other things? What are the benefits?

Has anyone heard anything about this? I am going to read more about it and talk to my hubby who is interested in all this stuff, but until then….any thoughts?


  1. I actually was going to write a huuuuuuuuuuuuge blog about this, but I wasn't sure whether people would be interested. I'm really glad that you decided to write about it!

    The theory behind it was that, by colliding protons and subatomic particles into one another, scientists could better understand the origin of the universe. It wasn't to disprove it; they wanted to find out what happened immediately following the Big Bang.

    There were a lot of people against this idea because people wondered, like you mentioned, whether the black holes would increase in size until it swallowed the planet. Scientists came back and said that there was a particular radiation (I forget the name of it) that actually destroys black holes. However, this radiation is merely a theory, but scientists were pretty damn confident that it actually exists.

    Plus, the chances of the black hole being able to encompass the planet are very small. They are roughly the same chances of winning the big state lotto three weeks in a row.

    A friend and I have been discussing this for quite some time (we both heard about this back in June) and this is what he had to say today about the LHC:
    "Today was actually a test anyway, the real show begins in October. Or as it will be known this year, Rocktober. Rocktober because of all the freaky end of the world parties/orgies."

  2. I was watching the story on this. (BTW, you know at least the 3 of us girls were watching this Sad Panda)My husband glances at the TV and laughs. Me: What's so funny? Him: What is this? Like some sort of joke, Daily Show sci fi type thing? Blow up the world... hahaha. Me: No, they're serious. He gets a very constipated, head going to explode kind of look. My turn to laugh.

  3. Sad Panda, I think you should run for President.

  4. Ms. Bee: I'm glad that other people know about this as well. I have come to realize that my geekdom doesn't always translate into the mass population; things that I find interesting, other people might find boring. Next time there's a massive particle accelerator that could possibly unmake the planet, I'll totally bank on the idea.

    Also, that look Louis gave you was the same look I gave my friend when he told me about it the first time. But however I may or may not have actually been constipated that day. So I don't think I can count that for myself.

    Iris: I will announce my running mate as Chestor Cheeto. With my ridiculously bad puns, "It Ain't Easy Being Cheesy" strangely works.

  5. Great choice SP! Let us imagine if you will......

    Lets recall the True Hollywood story on Chestor Cheeto and we all remember that Cheeto snorting incident of 2007 and his declaration that, and I quote, "There is no fucking drummer better than Neal Peart"!

    They later found Chestor in a cheeto induced coma. Empty bags of cheetos were found all over his NY loft as well as cans of Dr. Pepper and Suzie Q's covering his floor. Guitar Hero was on TV and his entire Rush collection had to be taken in as evidence and then was later destroyed because they contained so much cheeto cheese. (We all know how hard that cheeto cheese is to get off of us) It was tragic.

    Of course Chestor did pull through and turned his life around, so you can use that story to relate to the public. It could be a heart warming story about overcoming obsticles and becoming an inspiration to so many as well as a community organizer. Of course that would be WAY liberal and his lack of experience may be an issue, but he would just be a VP so no biggie anyways - I mean what do they do.......overall I think you could make it work.

    Of course - I would vote for you ;)

    P.S. Thanks for your explination on this, so where can I get one of these particle accelerator gun things?!?! Ebay?

  6. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    I have not been prouder to call you my older sister. You are a goddess among women!