It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel...

(82 Posts)
S1ur Mon 01-Sep-08 21:50:03

only a wee bit nervous.

So the Large Hadron Collider gets switched on in 9 days....

Science aim to recreate the conditions of the big bang.

Now come on, nothing can go wrong with that plan right? grin

Anyone worried? hmm

Disclaimer: don't be scared, dp says its all been risk assessed and there is No Need to Panic. And he is a scientist so he is mad knows.

S1ur Mon 01-Sep-08 21:53:15

xthreads going on a bit..

footballsgalore Mon 01-Sep-08 21:53:27

Hope they're not doing it in my back garden

Bowddee Mon 01-Sep-08 21:54:11

There's another thread on this. I'd prefer them to pull the trigger on the 9th as I don't want to go back to work (I'm due back on the 10th).

grin at x thread

Like the x files here tonight

<<lights fag, swigs cooking sherry, gobbles choc>>

littlelapin Mon 01-Sep-08 21:55:39

It sounds fascinating, have you read about it?

"When activated, it is theorized that the collider will produce the elusive Higgs boson, the observation of which could confirm the predictions and "missing links" in the Standard Model of physics and could explain how other elementary particles acquire properties such as mass. The verification of the existence of the Higgs boson would be a significant step in the search for a Grand Unified Theory, which seeks to unify three of the four known fundamental forces: electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force, leaving out only gravity. The Higgs boson may also help to explain why gravitation is so weak compared to the other three forces. In addition to the Higgs boson, other theorized novel particles that might be produced, and for which searches[7] are planned, include strangelets, micro black holes, magnetic monopoles and supersymmetric particles."

Cooooool! AND it's like, inside a mountain! Like a Bond villian's lair!

Anifrangapani Mon 01-Sep-08 21:56:52

I have been to CERN to see the colliders and they are so cool grin

littlelapin Mon 01-Sep-08 21:56:56

Actually, not in a mountain, in a mahoooosive great circular tunnel under both France AND Switzerland <nerd alert> grin

littlelapin Mon 01-Sep-08 21:57:15

Anifrangapani envy noooo, really?!

S1ur Mon 01-Sep-08 21:57:46

It is fascinating and only ever so slightly like a premise for a disaster movie.

(and Torchwood are doing a special episode around it)

Ani I am going to cultivate you like mad

grin

S1ur Mon 01-Sep-08 21:59:35

oooh envy too, it could be a remarkable advance in scientific knowledge, or it could be like a year 9 science lesson and just fizz a bit.

PortBlacksandResident Mon 01-Sep-08 22:01:26

Well there has been an actual star been going in the basement of Imperial College, London for years now. [Urban Myth Emoticon].

Anifrangapani Mon 01-Sep-08 22:05:28

It was so fun...I got to press the button ( well the return key on a computer) that sent a neutrino into an electron..... then all the monitors went a bit weird ( think very large magnet on your TV weird), every one got excited except me and then it was upstairs to the bar.

Shame I had to be going out with a total jerk to get the gig [hmn]

Anifrangapani Mon 01-Sep-08 22:07:20

That should be hmm

And I AM cultivated. In the way a mould is cultivated grin

S1ur Mon 01-Sep-08 22:09:45

Oooh I have new respect for Ani, you got to press the button. That is pretty cool.

Were you tempted to take a balloon and pop it just as button was pressed? Just to keep everyone on their toes?

<contemplates whether big bang may have sounded like a balloon popping..>

<<Considers whether big bang would make any sound>>>

<<<head spins slightly and fizzes a bit>>>

Ani, will you be my New Best Friend??

(See am cultivating you)

grin

KerryMum Mon 01-Sep-08 22:12:52

you know these people are maniacs don't you?

what's the exact date so I can bend over and kiss my ass goodbye

morningpaper Mon 01-Sep-08 22:13:43

didn't you just want to press the button and then pretend your finger was stuck and convulse screaming hysterically

NomDePlume Mon 01-Sep-08 22:14:05

ROFFLE Kerrymum

KerryMum Mon 01-Sep-08 22:14:43

am thinking a mountain is not going to contain a BIG BANG.

Feckin idiots and their experiments.

What could go wrong? Hum, the earth could explode?

morningpaper Mon 01-Sep-08 22:15:14

I will be gutted if this happens becuase I have a trip to Ikea planned in a few weeks

S1ur Mon 01-Sep-08 22:15:56

Setember 10th.

you don't have long Kerry.


Hurumph angry
<narrows eyes @ Boys>

Anifrangapani Mon 01-Sep-08 22:15:58

I wish I had thought of that slur. My evil streak only came out in later life. Something to do with pregnancy hormones I think.

BALD So long as you don't feel the need to shag my dh like one of my friends wink

S1ur Mon 01-Sep-08 22:17:11

Yes MP that would be my fear too, lack of Ikeas in black holes.

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