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The first partial beam tests of LHC are going to start this weekend, and the first full beam circulation happens on September 10th...
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=large-hadron-collider-first-beam&sc=rss

"Assuming all goes as planned, the lab announced today that it will send the first beam around all 27 kilometers (17 miles) of pipe on September 10, the machine's official start-up date."

Here are some really cool hi-res images of LHC... by far the best I've seen on the web--a must see (check out the size of the magnet they have loaded onto that truck!):
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/08/the_large_hadron_collider.html

And what's a historic moment in history without a historic rap song to commemorate it? The Large Hadron Rap:

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nasu_dengaku
Aug. 8th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
Those pictures are breathtaking. I'm also confronting one of my regrets -- not having a better understanding of particle physics.

I took AP physics sophomore year in high school and did extremely well at it, but I stopped there. Ah well.

spoonless
Aug. 8th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Ask me sometime, and I'll give you a summary of the current state of particle physics and what the open questions are... or answer any questions you're curious about.
nasu_dengaku
Aug. 8th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
That would be very interesting. Let me know when you're next planning a trip to San Francisco. I also know a certain person who wouldn't mind seeing you again. :-)
flamingnerd
Aug. 8th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome video. I always imagined it'd be awesome to be a physicist and understand better than virtually any other human just how the universe worked.
spoonless
Aug. 8th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't call you back last night... anything particular?
ikioi
Aug. 8th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Absolutely stunning!
and the pictures are cool too. :-)
firmament
Aug. 13th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Dude this thing is going to destroy the universe. DO NOT WANT.
spoonless
Aug. 14th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
Every now and then I get frustrated that LHC doesn't get enough media coverage, and everyone isn't jumping up and down in excitement about it. But then I remember that if they knew about it, they would probably just be jumping up and down screaming about the end of the world... so after all, I suppose it's a good thing that most people have never heard of it and will never hear of it.
firmament
Aug. 14th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
spoonless
Aug. 14th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Did you watch that "LHC is Satan's Stargate" video I posted a while back?... it's about the most entertaining thing I've seen on Youtube in a while.

At the "Dawn of the LHC" summer school program I participated in in June, we voted on T-shirts to commemorate this year. I voted for this one:



But too many people thought it was in poor taste (and it was also too many colors) so we ended up going with this one:



The reason why it depicts a dragon coming out of a particle shower is because of Nima Arkani-Hamed (the guy raising his middle finger in this icon, and one of the greatest particle physicists of our time)'s comment quoted in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/29/science/29collider.html?pagewanted=all
Dr. Arkani-Hamed said concerning worries about the death of the Earth or universe, “Neither has any merit.” He pointed out that because of the dice-throwing nature of quantum physics, there was some probability of almost anything happening. There is some minuscule probability, he said, “the Large Hadron Collider might make dragons that might eat us up.”

Edited at 2008-08-14 06:27 pm (UTC)
firmament
Aug. 14th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Wow. I hadn't seen the video before but I looked it up. Wow. Who let the crazies out?
incorporealgirl
Sep. 9th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hey, I have a new username. I added you to my f-list, add me back :)
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