Saturday, September 13, 2008

No Cause for ConCERN

There was recently some buzz over a little science project over in Switzerland called the Large Hadron Collider. The LHC takes protons, sends them in opposite directions on a circular track at amazing speeds, and collects data on them as they collide head on. I am sure Gomez Addams must be one of the sponsors of this project.

Some feared that the operation of the collider, would destroy the world. (Others believe the U.S. election results will accomplish the deed). And some just had fun at the nervous Nellies' expense.

Part time rapper and full time science writer Alpinekat (a.k.a. Katherine McAlpine, the e-News Coordinator for the Atlas Project at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) provides an explanation of just exactly how the LHC is supposed to work and what it is supposed to accomplish.



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