I find it hard to believe that it was necessary to blow £3.5bn over 10 years on that Large Hadron Collider (LHC) just to find the nature of dark matter in the universe. I mean the circumferance of that LHC goes on for 17 miles! All they had to do to observe the weakly interacting massive particles (wimps) that they think make up dark matter was go down a disused mine or something to get away from particle bombardments on the surface, fill up a large tank with an inert gas like xenon and fit it with a few detectors to observe the light given off when wimps react with the xenon atoms. That would be a really cheap solution and it would only take a matter of weeks to get results instead of the long wait we've had with the LHC without any guarantee of success.<br><br>km<br><br>
#381082 - 09/08/0801:29 AMRe: Small Wimp Detector (SWD)
That is a ridiculous amount of money to be spent researching something we can't do anything about, even if we totally understood it. <br><br>I can't help but think of the more pressing problems affecting mankind and the planet when I hear about things like that...<br><br>
"..just to find the nature of dark matter in the universe.""<br><br><br>Oh I can save you the money... it's located in our VP mansion !! <br><br>send me a million pounds and we'll call it "even" !! <br><br>David (OFI)
I can't wait for the thing to be turned on, in just three days. For me the cost is well worth the expansion of knowledge the machine will enable.<br><br>[color:red]</font color=red> [color:orange]</font color=orange> [color:yellow]</font color=yellow> [color:green]</font color=green> [color:blue]</font color=blue> [color:purple]</font color=purple>
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They do have detectors down mine shafts and in great pools of water. The LHC is not that kind of detector. The 17 miles is for acceleration before detection. The "C" is for collider, not collector.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Well, it was only a joke (no offence intended)... there was a serious purpose of real science behind the post however which draws attention to the contrasting methods by which scientists are hoping to unravel the mystery of dark matter.<br><br>km<br><br>
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