Loc: Long Beach, CA
I'm feeling weird today (weirder than usual), and I'm blaming it on the Hadron Collider. As feared, it actually *did* create a black hole which swallowed the universe, and now we are all in a parallel dimension. That sure explains it.
I blame it on this awful winter we've had. Don't know if Long Beach has had the same kind of awful weather as the east coast--but I'm ready for the eastern Pacific to cool off, for El Niño to end, and for the weather pattern go back to something more tolerable.
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Funnily enough, the parallel universe came in the form of the World Wide Web... got my doubts whether we should've given it away as a gift to the world when people like Darth Venter think they can even appropriate DNA.
Yesterday’s historic success was also witnessed by seven BU juniors participating in a new study-abroad program. All physics majors, they are working on site, each with a BU scientist.
Speaking by phone from CERN, Michael Hedges (CAS’11) said yesterday’s milestone reminded him of videotapes he’s seen of celebrations in the control room at NASA.
“After what happened in 2008, there was obviously some fear that something would go wrong,” said Hedges, whose work this semester is a comparison of the accuracy of researchers’ predictions versus what actually happens. “There was a very careful and slow process to make sure we could put forth the collisions without damaging the machine. We were running at half of the energy it is capable of.”
Sulak says the CERN team will proceed with caution.
“We are taking it slowly,” says Sulak. “We are operating at seven TeV (trillion electron volts). We will run until the end of 2011, when we will turn it off for a year and half and replace all the splices between magnets, then three years from now the accelerator physicists will crank it up to 14 TeV.”
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