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Quark-Gluon Plasma Observed At LHC

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the particular-particles dept.

Canada 155

Canadian_Daemon writes "A phase of matter created moments after the Big Bang is thought to have been detected at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. 'Striking' evidence of a quark-gluon plasma has been observed by a team of researchers, including Canadians, at the facility near Geneva, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced Friday."

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This is the first time! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354636)

And so a first post is appropriate!

Offensive (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354726)

From the article:

"This experimental setup was so simple, that your grandmother could understand it."

As a 49 yo grandmother, feminist and designer of radar antennae for 20 years, I find that offensive. They wouldn't have said that about a grandfather.

Re:Offensive (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354858)

Re:Offensive (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354918)

Your an idiot.

Re:Offensive (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355030)

Your an idiot.

No, you're an idiot, at least in regards to your poor grammar. GP is a willfully hateful bit of vomit.

We should just neuter the racists - it would be humiliating for them _and_ dramatically reduce the number of children raised in racist households. Two birds with one stone!

Re:Offensive (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355250)

Whoooosh!!!!

Re:Offensive (1, Funny)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355032)

What about my an idiot?

Quark-Gluon Plasma? (5, Funny)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355042)

I have seen this quark-gluon plasma one other time. My, it has been a while. I never thought I'd see a resonance cascade, let alone create one. But there, at that point, we did it. At Black Mesa. We...unleashed...Gordon, you're alive! Thank God for that hazard suit. I'm afraid to move him and all our phones are out. Please get to the surface as soon as you can and let someone know we're stranded down here. You'll need me to access the retinal scanners. I'm sure the rest of the science team will gladly he$EOF

It Must Be Pointed Out (2, Funny)

soloport (312487) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355434)

More than three thousand died in the Twin Tower collapse that occurred 2001-11-9, including Canadians.
Hundreds of thousands converged in South Africa for the World Cup opening ceremonies, including Canadians.
Overwhelming amounts of aid have poured in to Haiti from around the globe, including Canadians.
'Striking' evidence of a quark-gluon plasma has been observed by a team of researchers, including Canadians.

Re:It Must Be Pointed Out (1)

jelizondo (183861) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355876)

You mean 'Canadians' as in northern gringos?

Sorry to pull your leg, I live in México but according to our mutual neighbors, I live in Central America.

Re:It Must Be Pointed Out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34356310)

as an american I always considered mexico part of north america

Re:It Must Be Pointed Out (1)

angus77 (1520151) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356010)

Like sex and violence, adding Canadians to the mix makes the story more interesting.

Re:Offensive (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354896)

Hey sexy

Re:Offensive (-1, Offtopic)

mike260 (224212) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355060)

They wouldn't have said that about a grandfather.

Because 'grandmother' makes more sense, given your generation's gender-gap in science and engineering. As a feminist engineer I'm sure this isn't news to you, right?

Re:Offensive (-1, Offtopic)

jamesh (87723) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355150)

That's the problem with generalisations. They are all stupid.

And seriously, I bet you weren't really that offended. I doubt you could get to 49 years of age in an industry traditionally dominated by men without developing a thick skin to such stupid generalisations and a very well balanced sense of perspective.

You do have a point about the grandfather bit though... google for "so simple that your grandfather could understand it" and google asks " did you mean 'so simple that your grandmother would understand it'?"

Re:Offensive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355282)

Please, sir, don't feed the trolls. He's pulling the "I'm a [PC offended party] and..." post to get people riled up. Don't feed the trolls.

Re:Offensive (1, Offtopic)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355290)

That's the problem with generalisations. They are all stupid.

head explodes

Re:Offensive (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355388)

As a realistic male, feminists want it better than men. The day I can hit a woman back is the day I'll treat you all with more respect.

Until then, you can all stay in the kitchen as far as I'm concerned. You can shove that "i want my cake and to eat it too-ism" up your ass.

Re:Offensive (2, Insightful)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356094)

I don't see why this is modded flamebait-- Offtopic would be more appropriate, since the main subject line really is true. Either both sexes are treated interchangeably in all circumstances, or they are not being treated equal. "Separate but equal" is nonsense in this respect. If there is a draft, it should apply to everyone, not just males-- etc.

Granted, it could have been put forward in a more polite fashion, but the basic gist of it is true. (And any arguments about women being physically weaker than men must come from people who have never met a determined woman before, nor seen what the average man looks like these days.) The really real problem is that women want to be (and be treated as) feminine. Standing up and "manning up" for equal treatment is seen as being "butch", rather than "practical", and as such they just don't do that. Instead, they whine and moan, but never actually do anything for it.

Hence the "I want my cake and eat it too-ism" snark.

The ORIGINAL feminists I have respect for- (The ones that dared to smoke cigars in public like men, wore trousers, cut off their hair, and all that jazz) But the "I can do anything a man can, but I dont want to!" crowd wearing miniskirts, prada, and are going for a boob job to play the hot-chick card, I don't have ANY respect for.

The hitting jab cuts straight through all the candy coating-- Men hit each other. Women hit each other. (It DOES happen.) But somehow, it is "unforgivably" wrong when a man hits a woman, but not when a woman hits a man. That's the problem the OP is getting at, and I agree. If we are going to treat the sexes as equals, then they should both be equally strikeable for strikeable offenses. (EG, did they hit you? If so, you should be justified to hit back, if for no other reason than to reinforce that you wont tolerate being hit. If you are weaker than them, hit them with a stick. If you are going to play the "Hitting is wrong period" card, then you should stick to those guns, and you should say that two men hitting each other, two women hitting each other, and a woman hitting a man are all EQUALLY as bad as a man hitting a woman is, and Not try to spin some yarn about how it is so much worse when a man hits a woman, because the woman is automatically some frail, flimsy thing. Something that may well not be true. Women are WAY more durable and stronger than western culture gives them credit for, and they should be proud of that.)

So, again, "off-topic", but not flamebait.

Re:Offensive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34356268)

And your grandchild read the article? I didn't think so.

Re:Offensive (3, Funny)

Black Gold Alchemist (1747136) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356334)

"This experimental setup was so simple, that your grandmother could understand it."

Two choices, pick one or both:
This experimental setup was so simple, even the president could understand it.
This experimental setup was so simple, even the former president could understand it.


Fixed that for em'.

Yeah! (1)

transfatfree (1920462) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354642)

Go Canada!

Thanks (5, Informative)

Roger W Moore (538166) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355380)

Thanks, but it is actually an international effort with those of us in Canada working on ATLAS making up ~5% of the collaboration. For those with a more technical mind there is the actual paper [cdsweb.cern.ch] which was accepted by PRL this morning (after being submitted yesterday!). To give you an idea of what the events actually look like you can go here [twiki.cern.ch] . As you can see there are around 1,000 tracks in a typical event!

Re:Thanks (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355406)

Everybody else WISHES! We were in charge! And we did all the critical thinking!

Re:Thanks (1)

Lawrence_Bird (67278) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355996)

Yawn.. and I say thanks as an American taxpayer that RHIC was first.. hopefully the eurocrats won't kill themselves if national lab gets the Higgs too.

Re:Thanks (2, Funny)

ieatcookies (1490517) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356354)

Nice work, hosers!

Re:Thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34356592)

I was wondering why the submitter included the part "including Canadians". What was that supposed to mean? Why was it there? Like, it's in Europe but someone from America was there too! Moronic submitter.

No Pun Intended? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354654)

Hahaha. Good one!

Re:No Pun Intended? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355992)

Modded -1?
Someone obviously doesn't appreciate the humor of a "Striking" discovery at the Large Hadron Collider

As a Canadian, I like to watch... (3, Insightful)

thomasdz (178114) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354658)

What a strange thing to say: "observed by a team of researchers, including Canadians"
Does this mean the Canadians aren't team players or they weren't researchers (were they just tourists?)
This Canadian wants to know!

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354690)

No, they are just saying that researchers, and Canadians, discovered something. The Canadian researchers names are Chuck and Duane. During conferences it customary to make a toast starting "Ladies and Gentlemen, and Chuck and Duane, ..."

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354694)

The canadians were there, unfortunately they were clubbing seals and eating moose jerky while working on plans for heavy water moderated reactors for third world countries. I kid I kid... I think the comment was simply to emphasize the canadian angle as it was reported on CBC.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (4, Informative)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356164)

I think the comment was simply to emphasize the canadian angle as it was reported on CBC.

Not obtuse or acute, its just right.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

Gruturo (141223) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354712)

What a strange thing to say: "observed by a team of researchers, including Canadians"
Does this mean the Canadians aren't team players or they weren't researchers (were they just tourists?)
This Canadian wants to know!

I think it has something to do with the initial line which says "Canadian_Daemon writes " :-)

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

funkatron (912521) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354714)

The report is from cbc.ca, a few of those c's probably stand for Canada. The "including Canadians" bit basically means "our country was involved" or "we helped" or similar.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (0, Troll)

JustOK (667959) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354988)

canadian boredcorping casteration

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

rudy_wayne (414635) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355242)

Large Hardon Collider

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

phrostie (121428) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354738)

Canadians tend to be skeptics.

They are always the first to wait up so they can catch santa claus coming down the chimney.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (2, Insightful)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354844)

Of course we're skeptics! Every year we hear about this crazy bastard flying around in a sleigh all night. Any sane Canuck knows that, during winter, you get your shit done during the two and a half hours of daylight in the afternoon. After that you stay the hell inside because its fucking cold! We just wanna meet the guy so we can tell him he's got everything ass backwards. He must be an American. ;)

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1, Informative)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355006)

Don't be such a wimp. Even at -30, the dogs have to be walked for half an hour first thing in the morning before work and again in the evening after work.

As long as it's not windy, I don't care. That's what boots, coats, hats, sweaters, gloves, etc., are made for.

Not warm enough? Put on another layer and MOVE AROUND! You'll warm up to it.

Winter's not going to go away for a few months, so might as well enjoy it.

-- Barbie

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355452)

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Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (5, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355244)

Canadians tend to be skeptics.

Oh, I don't know about that.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354776)

Having a Canadian on the team embraces a certain regional pride to calm insecurities of those Yanks.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

javajawa (126489) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354780)

Because researchers from TRIUMF (Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics) were involved... of course... so were researchers from Fermilab, and other institutions... but the article was submitted by a Canadian.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354966)

Canadians can't spell?

Shouldn't that be CNLPNP?

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

Your.Master (1088569) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355050)

Tri-University Meson Facility.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

javajawa (126489) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355788)

TRIUMF is the name of the facility; however, I did not fail to spell anything wrong and TRIUMF is not an acronym for anything (anymore).

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356184)

TRIUMF is the name of the facility; however, I did not fail to spell anything wrong and TRIUMF is not an acronym for anything (anymore).

One of the letters graduated?

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356538)

CNLPNP? Don't you mean CL4PTRP?

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

Dr. Spork (142693) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355056)

Were they named after this cheesy but proficient Canadian band [wikipedia.org] ? Now someone in Canada needs to build a collider called the Relativistic Electron Smashing Hammer, and we'd really be rocking!

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

gilbert644 (1515625) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354854)

It's just nationalism.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355092)

But it's Canadian nationalism. Isn't that a bit like being proud to be a generic white guy as opposed to one of them ethnic white guys that nobody can tell isn't a generic white guy?

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (2, Funny)

JamesP (688957) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355082)

I'm thinking that except if they actually injected Canadians into the LHC pipes and then collided them at high speed, this whole Canadian bias of the news is unjustified.

IT'S A CANADIAN CONSPIRACY

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355568)

So it's like hockey?

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355160)

Look at the news source. It's a canadian news source. That's why you have that little bit of local commentary.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355232)

Everyone else has pointed out that this is a Canadian news post. However, if you RTFA, part of what helped make this discovery was made by the Canadians, which would add to the validity of including it (not that everyone else didn't add stuff that attributed to this discovery either). That is the forward calorimeter.

I would paste it, but Chrome isn't letting me paste into this box for whatever stupid reason.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355258)

Canada was busy watching its back side from 2000 to 2008, what with all the weird goings-on down there. Now they are free to turn their attention to something more constructive.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355892)

Nah, it's like Canada has been America's hat for so long, they don't really get the recognition they deserve. This tribit was just trying to correct that a little.

Re:As a Canadian, I like to watch... (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356214)

The Canadians supplied the bacon.

Quark-Gluon Plasma Observed At LHC (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354670)

I'm glad the OP mentioned that Canadians had a hand in this. Otherwise I would have assumed they didn't.

Re:Quark-Gluon Plasma Observed At LHC (2, Interesting)

Dr. Spork (142693) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354960)

Yeah, that was really important. I would not have been able to even make sense of what was discovered in that Swiss/French collider without the information about the Canadian input. It wasn't just a quark-gluon plasma; it was a quark-gluon plasma that Canadians had something to do with! That's totally more revolutionary!

Re:Quark-Gluon Plasma Observed At LHC (1)

mrops (927562) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355252)

It seems funny the way they have said "including Canadians", however the link is to a Canadian publication, primarily intended for Canadian readers.

Just FYI

Quark Glue-ons (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354688)

A Ferengi with a Glue-on observed moments after the big bang?

Its like horrible geek porn. I must retreat to the relative artistic successes of the Star Wars Christmas Special.

Re:Quark Glue-ons (3, Funny)

phrostie (121428) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354838)

+1 funny

Re:Quark Glue-ons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355062)

+1 more :)

Eh! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354930)

Canadian observes quark-gluon plasma, then immediately apologizes.

Including Canadians, and... (5, Insightful)

chebucto (992517) | more than 3 years ago | (#34354952)

I'm a canuck and would be happy to celebrate a discovery by my compatriots, but it doesn't make much sense to say the team that made this ion-shattering discovery 'included canadians' when it included a lot of other nationalities too.

From TFA:

Canadians make up more than 150 of the researchers involved in ATLAS.

From Wiki [wikimedia.org] :

The project is led by Fabiola Gianotti and involves roughly 2,000 scientists and engineers at 165 institutions in 35 countries.

So.. how about we say 'Horray for people!' or something like that.

Re:Including Canadians, and... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34354996)

you should have seen Canadian high schools in the 80's: "we invented the world, eh"

They couldn't get away with the propaganda now thanks to the interweb but it is not for lack of trying.

Re:Including Canadians, and... (1)

angus77 (1520151) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356034)

Yeah---"We won World War One! Pierre Burton told us so!"

Re:Including Canadians, and... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355166)

Agreed. Why exactly is this so impressive for us?

Congratulations though, of course. Cool stuff.

Re:Including Canadians, and... (2, Funny)

jamesh (87723) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355170)

No I think it's reasonable to point it out explicitly. If they had just said "Observed by a team of researchers", you would fairly quickly assume that there wouldn't be any Canadians in that team, for obvious reasons.

Just like if a blind guy had ascended Mount Everest, the news article would read "A team of mountaineers, including a blind guy, ...".

Re:Including Canadians, and... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355186)

What I find interesting is that we associate a scientific discovery with a positive connotation, and thus the remark about Canadians is not viewed as racist or ethno-centrist, in the US.

In the US, any negative statement about a minority is automatically rebranded as racism by certain political groups. Yet, the opposite is true if the statement is positive.

I don't see how people (USians) can have it both ways--it's a sort of PC feel-good hypocrisy that is crippling the country.

(Posting anonymously because I fear those certain political groups)

Re:Including Canadians, and... (1)

MokuMokuRyoushi (1701196) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355594)

When you fear them...

Re:Including Canadians, and... (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355214)

I'm a canuck and would be happy to celebrate a discovery by my compatriots, but it doesn't make much sense to say the team that made this ion-shattering discovery 'included canadians' when it included a lot of other nationalities too.

Well, as I understand it, the Canadians were mainly in the facility to get warm.

Re:Including Canadians, and... (1)

asvravi (1236558) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356828)

Yeah, the warmer liquid helium will do wonders for the Canadian's cheeks..

Re:Including Canadians, and... (2, Informative)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355272)

1. Quark gluon plasmas are rare in Switzerland
2. Canadians are rare in Switzerland

3. Therefore, anything related to quark gluon plasmas is intrinsically Canadian in nature

this is all perfectly logical

second city attitude. (2, Funny)

mevets (322601) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355484)

It is so sad. It is a place of contrasts, the sally-fields-like desperation for acknowledgement against the smugness of not being Americans (even though nobody else can tell).

No wonder you're getting strange results.... (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356446)

*sigh* Canadians......

"Someone get sally-fields out of the collider so we can get back to work."

Re:Including Canadians, and... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355610)

Hooray for the multinational Pegasus Galaxy expedition!

Re:Including Canadians, and... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355626)

It gets better--

As it turns out, Canadians, striking evidence of a quark-gluon plasma, have been observed by a team of researchers at a facility near Geneva!

Re:Including Canadians, and... (1)

dilvish_the_damned (167205) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355636)

It was a misquote:

  'Striking' evidence of a quark-gluon plasma has been observed by a team of researchers, at the facility near Geneva, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced Friday, however some of them were Canadians."

Re:Including Canadians, and... (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355766)

I'm a canuck and would be happy to celebrate a discovery by my compatriots, but it doesn't make much sense to say the team that made this ion-shattering discovery 'included canadians' when it included a lot of other nationalities too.

Yes, but Canadians are the "special sauce" in any recipe. In my next project, I am going to insist that it "includes Canadians." Hell, Cajuns are displaced Canadians, and the whole world knows how good their cooking is: The secret ingredient? Canadians!

One of my cousins from Calgary sent me some seasoning, named "Bifteak de Montreal." It tastes fantastic, but I'm afraid to read what's in it . . .

Uh, oh, whatever happened to the Montreal Expos . . . ?

Re:Including Canadians, and... (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355828)

The project is led by Fabiola Gianotti and involves roughly 2,000 scientists and engineers at 165 institutions in 35 countries.

As a young spud in one of my first big projects, the project manager kept dumping work one me. He told me two things: "In any big project, 5% of the people do 95% of the work." and "Work gravitates toward people who can do it."

I thought that he was trying to be funny, but now that I have 25+ years under my belt . . . I know better.

So how many of those "roughly 2,000 scientists and engineers at 165 institutions in 35 countries" are actually doing any work? Their conference calls must be a hoot and a half, and last a couple of weeks.

Another manager explained to me the difference of being "involved" in a project, and being "committed." "It's like a bacon and eggs breakfast . . . the hen was involved, the pig was committed."

Re:Including Canadians, and... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34356292)

Meh, it the link goes to the CBC website so I'm not surprised they'd mention Canadians in the story.

Re:Including Canadians, and... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34356394)

or Hurray for Tiny black holes :)

Canadians (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355002)

So easy, even a Canadian can do it!

Including Canadians (0, Offtopic)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355014)

Well then, this makes the event all that more noteworthy, obviously.

Re:Including Canadians (1)

gaderael (1081429) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355240)

Well, of course it was noteworthy. The quark-gluon plasma never would have been noticed if one of the Canadians hadn't dropped maple syrup in to the Collider.

At least it wasn't the French (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355118)

For sale: Particle accelerator. Never fired, dropped once.

Flag should be a white cross on a red background (2, Informative)

crovira (10242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355234)

Why there's a red maple leaf there is beyond me.

I'm a Canadian and like to toot our own horn but this was done by an international consortium in Geneva.

C'mon guys. Get the story straight.

Re:Flag should be a white cross on a red backgroun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34356786)

Actually, the flag should be half "white cross on red background" and half "blue white red" since CERN is not *just* in Switzerland.

CERN is on the frontier between France and Switzerland, most of the (surface) buildings are in Switzerland while most of the tunnel (where the LHC actually is) is in France.

Or more to the point, since CERN is an international organisation there should be no specific country flag involved.

Schroedinger's Cat (1)

mim (535591) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355262)

They were expecting this observation... http://www.lassp.cornell.edu/ardlouis/dissipative/Schrcat.html [cornell.edu] and although many applications are quite feasible, am only hoping that it is not able to be used for ill purposes.

Help me guyise (-1, Offtopic)

arndawg (1468629) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355330)

I've done speed and I can't get down. I know you guys are clever so do you have any tricks except ethanole?

Re:Help me guyise (0, Redundant)

convolvatron (176505) | more than 3 years ago | (#34355466)

lorazepam

Re:Help me guyise (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34356362)

Hang in there.

Canadaaa... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355624)

What, Canada Appreciation Day again? Call the WGA...

Am I missing something? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34355762)

Soooo... is there anything significant about the evidence for a quark-gluon plasma, other than the Canadian "connection?"

RHIC (3, Informative)

Lawrence_Bird (67278) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356014)

all the Candian jokes are nice and all.. but this really was about trying to make people think CERN is the only thing going on in HEP or nuclear physics. Not so, and this is not a first as RHIC was there first. [bnl.gov] Glad to see CERN is catching up though.

Quark-Gluon Plasma (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#34356024)

Who knew Quark had a last name, or that Ferengi had blood plasma? Even more impressive, the LHC created Quark-Gluon Plasma (presumably water with suspended hydrocarbons and traces of his DNA) with a mere collision of some high energy particles.

Warp Speed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34356532)

So when can we finally implement this jet in a warp engine?

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