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Cern lab goes ‘colder than space’

July 19, 2008

The Large Hadron Collider is entering the final stages of being lowered to a temperature of 1.9 Kelvin (-271C; -456F) – colder than deep space. The LHC has thousands of magnets which will be maintained in this frigid condition using liquid helium. The magnets are arranged in a ring that runs for 27km through the giant tunnel.

Once the LHC is operational, two particle beams – usually consisting of protons accelerated to high energies – will be fired down pipes running through the magnets. These beams will then travel in opposite directions around the main ring at close to the speed of light.

At allotted points along the tunnel, the beams will cross paths, smashing into one another with cataclysmic force. Scientists hope to see new particles in the debris of these collisions, revealing fundamental new insights into the nature of the cosmos and how it came into being.

Source: BBC.

  1. jtankers permalink

    Do you know what you get when you mix high energy colliders with Professor Otto Rossler’s charged micro black hole theory?

    Answer: a golf ball

  2. Robert I. Marsh II permalink

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: Worldwide viewed Public Opinion Poll RE: CERN LHC, is located at the web-link below. CERN personnel have been concerned, since May 2008, and are scan-reviewing all media articles, comments, links, . . .everyhing! So, let your vote be heard! This is an excellent cause, please read, and when you are ready: Vote the Poll! The poll will close October 17,2008.

    Note: Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know!

  3. Robert J. Marsh permalink

    Off topic, but an interesting coincidence.

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