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LHC Flips On Tomorrow

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the nice-knowing-you-all dept.

The Internet 526

BTJunkie writes "The Large Hadron Collider, the worlds most expensive science experiment, is set to be turned on tomorrow. We've discussed this multiple times already. A small group of people believe our world will be sucked into extinction (some have even sent death threats). The majority of us, however, won't be losing any sleep tonight." Reader WillRobinson notes that CERN researchers declared the final synchronization test a success and says, "The first attempt to circulate a beam in the LHC will be made this Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the injection energy of 450 GeV (0.45 TeV). The start up time will be between (9:00 to 18:00 Zurich Time) (2:00 to 10:00 CDT) with live webcasts provided at webcast.cern.ch."

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Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (4, Funny)

Drakin020 (980931) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938457)

I thought tomorrow was when they turned it on. I thought the end of the world was to happen when the first collision is made right?

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (5, Funny)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938493)

Correct. No boom today. Boom tomorrow. Always boom tomorrow.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938591)

*applauds*

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (5, Informative)

chissg (948332) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938725)

No boom tomorrow either:

"First beam circulated" != "First collisions"

Also, beam will be circulated at injection energy (450GeV) and not accelerated to the design collision energy. Even if they did circulate beam in both directions *and collide them* (a separate activity) the total energy of collision would still be less that half of what the tevatron at Fermilab, USA, has been doing for many years. If *that* were a problem we'd already be

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (5, Funny)

chihowa (366380) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939005)

If *that* were a problem we'd already be

Oh crap, it was a problem!

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (1)

dknj (441802) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939025)

looks like they started the test a little bit early. i didn't expect the black hole to reach here for at least another hour

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (5, Interesting)

omnivagus (1005211) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938807)

It's an odd coincidence that Dan Simmons, in his Hyperion Cantos [wikipedia.org] series of books, talks about an event called the "Big Mistake of '08" where humanity creates a tiny black hole during a scientific experiment, eventually leading to the destruction of Earth... Of course he doesn't say which century this was in ;-)

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (4, Informative)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938545)

I don't understand the whole "miniature black hole" thing. I think the naysayers have just been reading too much sci-fi. Microscopic black holes would evaporate in a very small amount of time due to Hawking radiation...they would leave a detectable energy signature so that we could tell they were there, but that's about it. The LHC won't be doing anything that isn't already happening in the upper atmosphere due to cosmic rays anyway.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (3, Funny)

Paul Pierce (739303) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938665)

The LHC won't be doing anything that isn't already happening in the upper atmosphere due to cosmic rays anyway.

This is true, but what if watching what is going on - changes what happens? Isn't this one of the mysteries of quantum physics?

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938737)

...but what if watching what is going on - changes what happens?

Only if the LHC is propelling cats.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (5, Funny)

CorSci81 (1007499) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938803)

The Large Hairball Collider?

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (4, Funny)

Directrix1 (157787) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938885)

With any luck these tests will finally let Schrodinger's cat rest in peace. Never again having to exist in the zombirific dead and alive state.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (4, Funny)

flosofl (626809) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939099)

With any luck these tests will finally let Schrodinger's cat rest in peace. Never again having to exist in the zombirific dead and alive state.

With the speeds involved I think it's safe to say it will exist as a thin film of... cat. 27km long.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (2, Funny)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938715)

Clearly this should be a larger event than the Blackhole of Goatse

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (1, Funny)

nawcom (941663) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938743)

Microscopic black holes would evaporate in a very small amount of time due to Hawking radiation...they would leave a detectable energy signature so that we could tell they were there, but that's about it.

I'm sorry, I can't stop laughing when someone references Hawking radiation; I immediately think of Stephen ripping a cute sounding fart and everyone running out of the room due to the overwhelming odor - and then speaking in his computer synthesized voice, "Pardon me. I never can control those unexpected SbDs."

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938893)

...I immediately think of Stephen ripping a cute sounding fart...

...

...Wow, I think this is the first time I've genuinely been weirded out by someone on Slashdot... Um, congrats?

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938749)

You won't get your crazy-ass ideas in the science "journalism" (and I use the word "journalism" very liberally here) sections of news sites and papers if you say "Well, you know, there are various phenomena in the observable universe that can already collide subatomic particles at the insane energy levels we're going to be using."

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (0)

dominux (731134) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938795)

the ones which may be occurring in the upper atmosphere are moving quite fast. Quite fast enough to escape the Earth, even if that means flying right through it (they probably won't hit anything on the way through, they are that small.) The LHC ones would be at rest, relative to the Earth, they would not escape, They would fall down to the centre of the Earth and oscillate about inside, perhaps eating the occasional atom that they score a direct hit on, or merging with other small black holes. Of course if the theory is right they would last a fraction of a nanosecond before evaporating. If they theory is wrong and a sustainable small black hole is generated that can eat atoms faster than it can evaporate then we could be in a spot of bother. A very very small spot of bother. All of us.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (5, Informative)

timholman (71886) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938887)

I don't understand the whole "miniature black hole" thing. I think the naysayers have just been reading too much sci-fi. Microscopic black holes would evaporate in a very small amount of time due to Hawking radiation...they would leave a detectable energy signature so that we could tell they were there, but that's about it. The LHC won't be doing anything that isn't already happening in the upper atmosphere due to cosmic rays anyway.

One of the main fearmongers concerning the LHC is Otto Rossler. He's a 68-year-old biochemist whose initial career was respected and conventional, but in recent years has veered into promoting his own "Theory of Everything" that contradicts the Theory of Relativity. According to Rossler, (a) Hawking radiation doesn't exist, and (b) microscopic black holes created by cosmic rays are moving so fast that they pass right through the earth, whereas LHC black holes will be trapped by earth's gravity and destroy the planet.

What's really happening is that Rossler and others like him are using the LHC as a soapbox to promote their particular brands of pseudoscience. From what I've read, any debate with Rossler quickly leads to him promoting his own pet theories, rather than any rational examination of the risks.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (5, Interesting)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939009)

Microscopic black holes would evaporate in a very small amount of time due to Hawking radiation..

Are you willing to gamble the existence of the universe on that untested hypothesis? Yes?

By the way, every biology article gets tagged "whatcouldpossiblygowrong?" An article showing that artificial DNA self-associates was tagged that. No chance of killer viruses from that, yet it got the tag. Here we have a scientific study with some people actually claiming it will end the earth. They may be idiots, but people who worry about DNA strands creating vampires like in I am legend are just as idiotic. What gives?

I personally say it's only because no movies have yet taken the idea of LHC and mangled it into nonsense to use as a plot device the way they've used killer artificial viruses. And that's probably only because "complete oblitheration of the world" is a pretty boring plot.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (4, Insightful)

fermion (181285) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939017)

The naysayers retort is that no one ever has seen Hawking radiation. My retort is that we are afraid that a black hole, which is only a theoretical construct that requires that certain constructs go to infinity, is not being evaporated by Hawking radiation, which coincidentally is another theoretical construct which requires theoretical virtual particles to theoretically become real. If one fanciful theoretical object cannot be eliminated by another fanciful theoretical object, then all my education through bad science fiction is for naught. In the end, right before we are destroyed, we can take solace in knowing two things. First, that black holes are real. Second, that Hawking radiation is not. Sometimes scientific proof comes at a great price.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (5, Interesting)

TheDauthi (219285) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939019)

The fear is that the LHC is doing one thing differently - any black holes created in the upper atmosphere would have a velocity approaching that of light, and pass harmlessly through the earth, grabbing a proton or two on the way. At the LHC, it's possible that some of the holes created would have a much lower velocity - less than escape velocity. Those holes wouldn't just leave earth, they'd stick around.

First, we actually have to be in the right range to create the black holes. This is very, very unlikely - it requires large extra dimensions, something allowed for but not expected in theory.

Then there's Hawking radiation. While there's no reason to believe it doesn't exist (and several to believe it does), it hasn't been experimentally verified. If it doesn't exist, or if a black hole radiates much slower than expected, any created holes could survive long enough to actually absorb more matter.

This [arxiv.org] PDF has the interesting math behind all of this.

Note: No, I'm not even saying they're right. I'm simply stating what their argument is for it. There's a lot of problems with those arguments, and I'm on the "destroy the world? Yeah, right?" side. I'm actually having an LHC get-together tomorrow night, and plan to have an Mad Scientist "End of the World" party on October 21, when they're having the first high-energy collisions.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (2, Funny)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939079)

No - the scientists would poke at it and huddle around it and such like idiots.

Let's poke it with tiny probes and see what happens.

It grows.

Let's spray some water at it and watch the mist get sucked in.

It grows.

Let's put our faces near it and watch it stretch our lips and ears out.

It swallows a scientist, and grows.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938569)

One 'expert' put the delay between the test and when the world goes bye bye to be ~ 4 years. So sometime in 2012 would be the end for us.

Re:Not supposed to be dooms day yet. (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939101)

I thought tomorrow was when they turned it on. I thought the end of the world was to happen when the first collision is made right?

According to wiki it says the first collisions are supposed to happen on October 21st, but it references a russian website so I don't know how accurate that is.

Anyone got any sources on this?

The interior view of the LHC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938469)

Reminds me of GOATSE.

Cool (1)

mother_reincarnated (1099781) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938481)

Cool...

Re:Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938731)

<aol>I know, cool!</aol>

Woohoo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938497)

Glad to see that we'll still be here tomo...

[Signal lost due to user being sucked into a black hole. Have a nice day. :-)]

Re:Woohoo... (1)

moro_666 (414422) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938735)

why are you hiding behind the AC title if there's none around tomorrow to bitch on your real name anyway ? :p

we're all gonna die ... quickly, compile that kernel before the world ends, otherwise we'll evaporate with a buggy one (and that would be a shame).

10th september 2008 - a bad day to quit smoking, drinking, careless sex, drugs, perl coding.

Will Have Sweet Sweet Doomsday Sex ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938503)

... with any hawt end-of-the-world fundies out there!

Re:Will Have Sweet Sweet Doomsday Sex ... (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938729)

Sure, if you want to meet 'em in hell [new-life.net] .

Let down... (1)

ZipprHead (106133) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938511)

Hope you are ready for a let down, it is likely to be months before they discover anything of significance.

That is... even if everything works. With all the code running this thing, there has got to be a few bugs.

Re:Let down... (0)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938687)

Hope you are ready for a let down, it is likely to be months before they discover anything of significance.

That is... even if everything works. With all the code running this thing, there has got to be a few bugs.

"I've got a bad feeling about this..."

Uh oh (4, Funny)

FauxPasIII (75900) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938517)

Everyone out of the universe... QUICK!

Re:Uh oh (4, Funny)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938559)

Reader WillRobinson notes.. 450 GeV (0.45 TeV) .. Zurich .. live webcasts ..

Someone should inform him of the DANGER!

Re:Uh oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938983)

Aw, isn't he cute.

Death threats (5, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938535)

Why would you send death threats to someone you think is going to destroy the world? If he was afraid of dying, he wouldn't be destroying the world, right?

Re:Death threats (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938625)

Because they're dumb.

Re:Death threats (5, Funny)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938631)

No kidding. We should be saving our death threats for where they matter: idle.slashdot.org.

Re:Death threats (1)

Prien715 (251944) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938861)

The person blowing up the world doesn't believe that they are in fact doing so. For them, it would be death or performing a science experiment -- the classic "cake or death" moment. But I doubt these threats are credible.

--
RE: Your sig

Patriotism(n) -- The conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Re:Death threats (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938867)

Why would you send death threats to someone you think is going to destroy the world? If he was afraid of dying, he wouldn't be destroying the world, right?

Well the scientist obviously doesn't think they're going to destroy the world and themselves in the process.

I'm just wondering how exactly this threat was phrased. "If you destroy the world, then so help me I'm going to kill you dead!"

Re:Death threats (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24939071)

I for one have been hoping that this IS the end of the world. I'm getting quite fed up with having to wake up every morning, and this seems like a decent way to go. At least being sucked into a black hole will cover up anything I ever did.

End Of The World Party (4, Funny)

realisticradical (969181) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938537)

You're all invited to my end of the world party tonight. LSD and hookers will be served.

Re:End Of The World Party (5, Funny)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938563)

So, since I am neither a hooker nor LSD, I'll have to get my own drinks?

Re:End Of The World Party (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938719)

So, since I am neither a hooker nor LSD, I'll have to get my own drinks?

No, but on the other hand you won't be hearing from the lawyers, either...

Only in a single direction (5, Informative)

rminsk (831757) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938551)

They will be only sending a beam around the LHC in a single direction at about 7% power. It will be about a month before they send a beam in the other direction and have a collision. I think it is about a year before they will be up to full power.

Re:Only in a single direction (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938933)

Wonder if troubleshooting, legal challenges, budget cutbacks, etc. will cause them to wait until 2012?

(Just in case it's not completely obvious, yes, I amj/k!)

It's going to be OK they said (5, Funny)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938553)

No possibility of a resonance cascade they said. Put the crystal thing into the spectrometer they said. The whole thing blew up my place of employment and I started Unforeseen Consequences with nothing but a crowbar for a while.

Moral: Keep your crowbars close and your guns closer and don't trust the scientists.

Re:It's going to be OK they said (5, Funny)

EvanED (569694) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938701)

You say that as a joke, but it may be more likely than you think [kuvaton.com] .

Re:It's going to be OK they said (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938957)

And hey it's not a crowbar but that ratchet looks like it might serve pretty well as a headcrab basher!

Come on scientists, seriously... (4, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938745)

You guys can't blow up the Earth! It's where I keep all my stuff!

Re:It's going to be OK they said (1)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939033)

Is that from Halflife?

It was nice knowing you all... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938555)

That strangelet chain reaction is really going to suck... or blow. Maybe both.

warping reality already (5, Funny)

Onymous Coward (97719) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938581)

The weirdness has already begun if 9:00 to 18:00 Zurich Time is 2:00 to 10:00 CDT.

Am I the only one hoping for... (2, Funny)

Paul Pierce (739303) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938609)

A superhero or two coming out of this. I just hope it isn't someone from that LHC Rap.

Groundhog's day (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938611)

I know this is off topic, but...

Jeez, you know I'm tired of seeing the same set of stories over and over again.

It's as if some catastrophic event happened that causes the same day to repeat over and over-- does anybody have any idea what could have caused this?

IMPENDING DOOM!! (5, Funny)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938615)

We're doomed!! Oh God, I can't die a virgin! Virgins may all go to heaven, but only to get screwed by Muslim terrorists!

"They're waiting for, Gordon, in the test chamber. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938639)

Intercom 1: (feedback)"Testing, testing. (coughs) Everything seems to
be in order."
Intercom 2: "All right, Gordon. your suit should keep you comfortable
through all this. The specimen will be delivered to you in a few
moments. If you would be so good as to climb up and start the rotors,
we can bring the anti-mass spectrometer to 80 percent and hold it there
until the carrier arrives.
Intercom 2: "Gordon, are you not hearing me? Climb up and start the
rotors, please.
Intercom 2: "Very good. We'll take it from here."
Intercom 1: "Power to stage 1 emitters in 3,2,1. I'm seeing predictable
phase arrays."
Intercom 1: "Stage 2 emitters activating...now."
Intercom 2: "Gordon, we cannot predict how long the system can operate
at this level, nor how long the readings will take. Please, work as
quickly as you can."
Intercom 1: "Overhead capacitors to one oh five percent. Uh, it's
probably not a problem, probably, but I'm showing a small discrepancy
in... well, no, it's well within acceptable bounds again. Sustaining
sequence."
Intercom 2: "I've just been informed that the sample is ready, Gordon.
It should be coming up to you any moment now. Look to the delivery
system for your specimen."

Time to get to work... (4, Funny)

Pedrito (94783) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938649)

I need to hurry up and finish work on my black-hole shelter...

the world is not going to end (5, Funny)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938651)

I owe far too much money for that to ever happen.

Wasn't this already covered by Ghostbusters? (2, Informative)

repapetilto (1219852) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938659)

Dr. Egon Spengler: There's something very important I forgot to tell you. Dr. Peter Venkman: What? Dr. Egon Spengler: Don't cross the streams. Dr. Peter Venkman: Why? Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad. Dr. Peter Venkman: I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"? Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. Dr Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal. Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That's bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

Re:Wasn't this already covered by Ghostbusters? (5, Informative)

repapetilto (1219852) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938781)

Dr. Egon Spengler: There's something very important I forgot to tell you.
Dr. Peter Venkman: What?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Don't cross the streams.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Why?
Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad.
Dr. Peter Venkman: I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
Dr Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That's bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

0.45 TeV (4, Funny)

swillden (191260) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938667)

Shouldn't that be 0.439 TeV? (450 GeV / 1024)

I honestly believe that... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938679)

That these kinds of experiments are how great civilizations end. We've only populated one planet and we're going to risk it all to find the Higgs Boson? If the risk of ending the world has a probability greater than 0 what sense does it make to take the risk?

Explains the silence, they all did it before... (5, Funny)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938691)

Coming to think of it, maybe that's why it's so hard to detect alien civilisations similar to us in the universe. We only have the tiny window of time between when they discover radio transmission and until they make their LHC and wipe themselves out.

Flipping the switch commentary... (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938697)

"Hold onto your butts"
- Samuel L. Jackson (Ray Arnold), Jurassic Park

I Have (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938699)

my trusty crowbar ready

Remember what we were taught? (5, Funny)

No2Gates (239823) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938733)

Back in the old days of the cold war, in the schools,for preparation of a nuclear bomb falling, we would get under our desks because they are obviously made of some kind of material that can withstand radiation and a giant percussion wave. I'll bet those desks can withstand the LHC black hole too. Only school children and teachers will be left.

Let's make another bang (4, Funny)

GreggBz (777373) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938751)

Quick, who wants to get laid? My standards have dropped considerably, given the circumstances.

Re:Let's make another bang (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938857)

Sure, you bring the shovels, I'll pick you up in my car, say, midnight?

Sleeping in tomorrow. (1)

slashflood (697891) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938757)

That means that I don't have to set my alarm clock this evening?

In the precious words of C for Dummies (2, Funny)

nategoose (1004564) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938775)

Goodbye cruel world!

I don't get the whole fundies chain of thought. (-1, Offtopic)

Lost Penguin (636359) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938793)

1) God created everything at once, word for word as in the bible.
2) Evolution is wrong, it never happened.
3) The scientific process is wrong. (Because it disagrees with idea #1 and 2)
4) Cars never "evolved" from model Ts.
5) Churches never "evolved" from caves.
6) TV evangelists do not exist. (TV did not evolve)
7) Religion never evolved, all hail Ra the Sun god.

live by this rule... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938805)

Live every day as if there was no tomorrow. Wait, no, don't take it as an excuse to rack up tons of debt, have unprotected sex and burn your bridges!

Half Life.... (1)

Schnoogs (1087081) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938817)

...becomes a reality tomorrow. Get your crowbars and EVA suits ready. Watch out for head crabs and zombies. If you happen to see a guy in a dark suit who likes to hang out behind windows and doors that for some reason you can never get into do not hesitate to shoot his ass.

Paging Dr. Freeman (1)

netruner (588721) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938825)

That dude better be on time tomorrow. If he's not down in the hole with his suit charged up, I'm not going to be happy.

...Stupid sonic dogs.

Ob Rap (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938843)

The LHC Rap [vimeo.com] . Entertaining and Educational. Edutaining.

Death (1)

Quantos (1327889) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938897)

Death is the ultimate statistic - one out of every one dies. What's the big deal?

Re:Death (1)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939097)

I think it is the untimely death and the inability for the human race to go on that has everyone worried.

All I know is... (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938903)

The guy who flips the switch better bring along a crowbar.

Film to watch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938929)

Quiet Earth.

Some day we're going to screw up, but not tomorrow.

Dear /. reader (1, Redundant)

Arthur B. (806360) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938937)

This is your one shot at getting laid, use it tonight, or lose it.

So what kind of test animals are they using? (0)

Anachragnome (1008495) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938939)

I hope they are not using humans, without proper FDA approval.

I did this when I was a kid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938945)

If France gets enveloped in a warp field bubble, have them give me a call, I have some experience in this area.
 
-- wesley crusher

Apocalypse Now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24938955)

At least the post apocalyptic t-shirts are ready:

http://fiendfolio.blogspot.com/2008/09/are-you-ready-for-impending-apocalypse.html
   

More likely it will punch a hole in the (4, Funny)

BitterOldGUy (1330491) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938961)

Universe and we'll be in an alternate reality.

You'll know it too. You'll wake up one day with a Black President or with an old geezer and a MILF for a VP.

Then, and only then, will I worry!

The world can't end with out the CUBS WINNING THE (0, Offtopic)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938969)

The world can't end with out the CUBS WINNING THE world series

For Sydney Slashdotters (4, Informative)

femto (459605) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938987)

Doctors Karl Kruszelnicki and Kevin Varvell are giving an LHC lecture [usyd.edu.au] at the University of Sydney tonight. 7pm at the Footbridge Theatre. Varvell is a contributor to the ATLAS detector. Kruszelnicki is always fun. It includes a live cross to CERN. The lecture was to be in the school of Physics but has had to be transferred to a larger venue due to popular demand.

Radio 4 coverage in the UK (4, Informative)

mustafap (452510) | more than 5 years ago | (#24938989)

For some reason, the BBC are making a big thing of this, and providing a lot of coverage and related programmes on the Radio 4 station.

The BBC provide a listen again service for those of you who are distant but interested. Check out the programmes here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/bigbang/ [bbc.co.uk]

Assuming that the world isn't swallowed up by a black hole from the experiment, that is:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/15/science/15risk.html [nytimes.com]

Most expensive science experiment ever? (3, Informative)

thermopile (571680) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939015)

Look, I think the LHC is really cool -- and I'm looking forward to the results it produces -- but I'm afraid it's not the most expensive science project.

The International Space Station [wikipedia.org] gets that (dis)honor, with an estimated cost of $25.6B (US) from 1994 to 2005, not including shuttle costs - and that's just NASA's budget.

So, from that perspective, the LHC is a bargain. And it's probably still cheap compared to what the Superconducting SuperCollider would have ended up costing.

We're so screwed. (1)

tjstork (137384) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939031)

You know, if I had a nickel for every new technology that we monkeyed with that we thought we could just push to unlimited bounds without somehow screwing ourselves, I'd be pretty rich.

I mean, if scientists are so certain that something bad won't happen when they set about "recreating the initial conditions of the universe", then, why do they have to do any experiments at all. But they don't genuinely know what is going to happen... do they?

It may not happen now, but eventually, there will be an experiment that someone will do that will cause significant loss of life.

I read the title too quickly... (1)

HiVizDiver (640486) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939039)

... and misread it as "LHC Flips Out Tomorrow". Let's hope it isn't true. ;-)

finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24939049)

so finally were approaching the end of our existence... ever wondered why there are no aliens flying around? they all tried the same experiment and flush away their civilization in one day.

Sing it with me! (1)

Spacepup (695354) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939055)

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

Tell you what. (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939059)

I tell you what. If you think the world will end tomorrow, you give me all your possessions today, and I'll give you the satisfaction of knowing you were right when it happens. That will be the only thing worth having at that point, and I will have a lot of stuff that won't be worth a thing, and no integrity whatsoever as we slip into hell.

Sound like a deal?

Because if you don't want to do it, then you're the one lacking in integrity.

Why, just why? (1)

Ironchew (1069966) | more than 5 years ago | (#24939093)

Why would CERN be sending out death threats? Confident this will be the big one, maybe.

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