Heads; Dark Matter and Particles leap humans into a New Age — Tails; and it’s a Bad day

“The LHC is to cosmology as the space station is to astronomy big bucks technology gone amuck.  The LHC will produce some interesting science, and keep a lot of me-too PHDs churning out papers. What it will not do is answer the very questions that the salesmen promoting its construction promised.” 

This partial quote is a response to the article “Large Hadron Collider Breaks Energy Record” online at informationweek.com this week.  The Cern’s particle accelerator, called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is reported to be “up and running again” and the Thomas Claburn article for Informationweek.com briefly explains the advanced physics research project, and you can grab the article linked below.


What is cool is that the article also provides links to a more in-depth look at the science of colliding stuff.  While Claburn did indicate that the LHC is at present undergoing a “test” in order to ensure “that higher intensity experiments can be handled safely” (Claburn, 2009) – I still can’t shake the notion of this thing-a-ma-bob by accident, creating a black-hole that envelops our planet, killing us all.  Of course, that fear stems from viewing way too much science fiction, knowing nothing about ‘advanced physics’ but also knowing full well, that – ‘to error, is human.’  Now, I know my peers at CSULA  have to know more about this physics stuff than your newest editor at osdhorn.wordpress; yours truly.  So I wanna hear from you with your posts.  Are such fears foolish, or could we just be days away, from one bad day?  Don’t be shy, hit me up, as I would love to read your take.  Do we even know the name of whom to curse out as the planet implodes – or will you be happy to have such a grand ending?  Mark is my name, and mark1.0 (“point” replaces “.”) is the game –username.  Keep it clean, and let me know where you are at with this crazy world.  What good and/or bad will be found?


1 Response to “Heads; Dark Matter and Particles leap humans into a New Age — Tails; and it’s a Bad day”

  1. 03/12/2009 at 10:10 pm

    I’m not the scientist type, but doesn’t a black hole get created from a sun dying and imploding? I’m not sure, but creating one scientifically is only done in fiction; see the trek movie (http://www.startrekmovie.com/.

    But dark energy — now that sound like Harry Potter and company — that’s more up my alley. Having another form of energy to tap is wild and facinating. Look what happened with taping the explosive energy of splitting the atom — you can make very powerful sources of energy to create electricity and decimate an entire city.

    So if we use dark energy, would we have another set of polar opposites for society?

    And what about dark matter. (from wikipedia) The first person to provide evidence and infer the presence of dark matter was Swiss astrophysicist Fritz Zwicky, of the California Institute of Technology in 1933.[3] He applied the virial theorem to the Coma cluster of galaxies and obtained evidence of unseen mass. Zwicky estimated the cluster’s total mass based on the motions of galaxies near its edge and compared that estimate to one based on the number of galaxies and total brightness of the cluster. He found that there was about 400 times more estimated mass than was visually observable. The gravity of the visible galaxies in the cluster would be far too small for such fast orbits, so something extra was required. This is known as the “missing mass problem”. Based on these conclusions, Zwicky inferred that there must be some non-visible form of matter which would provide enough of the mass and gravity to hold the cluster together.

    Frankly, most people don’t give much thought to these concepts. It doesn’t appear that it matters 😉 to them!

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