"boffinry desk, particle-molestation subdivision"
Dammit, I want a job title like that...
Particle-punishing boffins at the Large Hadron Collider - the most outrageously powerful matter-rending apparatus and largest machine of any kind assembled by the human race - have switched ammunition. The colossal superconductor massdriver cannons of the LHC are now firing "fully stripped" ultrahypervelocity lead projectiles …
"In any event, the transition to shooting lead rather than protons at the LHC ...."
The ammunition is now lead-ions, not solid lumps of lead, just wanted to make that clear.
Collisions of such particles may yield a quark-gloun plasma, not too dissimilar to the material in the Grand Unification phase of the universe, at approx. 10 −37 seconds after the arrival of a bemused blue whale and a bowl of petunias.
We got our coffee in the form of "Double Ristrette" when I slaved away at antimatter in the 80's.
No matter what late nite experiments, a couple of swiss ristrettes - similar to an italian expresso but with less liquid and higher density ions - would allow the cern brains to wake up and do fizziks. I never saw the synchrotrons actually make the stuff, but I admit they could have piped it in from the Prévessin site. probably
If particles U and V are moving at velocities u and v relative to the detector, then the velocity (w) of U relative to V is not u-v (the particles are going in opposite directions, so one out of u and v is negative). The correct formula is:
w = u - v / (1 - uv / c^2) where c = 299792458m/s
I posed this question to a PHD Physics student (my sister) and got:
"The beams are going in opposite directions so one will have negative velocity. The 'closing speed' your talking about I think would be in terms of the energy of the final interaction but it's relativistic so it's all gets a bit complicated from there on."
So I take that as a maybe.
Physics whizz though she may be, she gets 1 out of 3 for apostrophe usage. Anyway, nuff pedantry, let's get down to more important matters. This sister of yours, is she hot? Look good in a lab coat? How would you describe her morals? Loose? Variable? Negotiable maybe? Enquiring minds need to know.
I'm sorry to dissapoint you, but at those speeds velocities, don't add.
From the PoV fo one of the ions, the one in collision course never is faster than c, mainly because it's time is slower than for the inertial observer.
Mine is the one with the Relativity for Dummies in the pocket.
"...sadly from a news viewpoint it appears that the juggernaut-men would be so minuscule and exist so briefly as only to be apparent to mighty detector instruments."
So, due to a tragic miscalculation of scale, the entire invasion fleet was eaten by a small dog?
(Need a 2nd icon for a coat, mine's the one with the towel).
speed of light, appears to be overcooked, with granular variations leading to e-peen contests between the eggheads.
May I offer a more general measure of speed.
How about a Politician Backpedal, I mean in nature, nothing is faster.
So speed of light, is around 30% of a political backpedal.
>How about a Politician Backpedal, I mean in nature, nothing is faster.
Nope, I would have to disagree here. I propose that we should use the Cypriot nano-second, which is that infinitesimal period between when the traffic lights turn green and the guy behind bips his horn. Fractionally slower than the speed of light (after all the guy behind has to have seen the light change) but not by much.
... how about the time between one monarch dying, and the next one becoming king/queen?
It was in fact posited that 'royal-ness' was transmitted by massless particles called 'Kingons', and that faster than light communication could, in fact, be achieved by the carefully modulated torture of a small king.
How about the Backward Leap/Ohno-Second? (BL/OnS)
Backward leap: The distance a suddenly very focussed person can jump given an unexpected, negative stimulus.
Ohno-second: The time between the realisation that something has gone wrong, and the imminent, inevitable consequence.
looks like you are a bit tintin-foiled too-today lewis, man up kid and don't worry 'the unexamined life is not worth living'
Or enjoy this other sage to calm down yourself:
‘Yesterday is Gone, Tomorrow is not, there is only today’ Book of Dead, Egypt, beginning of the Bronze Age.
24 hours to collisions in this 'god-like production':
regarding your comment about my farewell article, as usual you misrepresent it. This resumes it all:
Even if we survive 11/9, the fact that the experiment is carried on without the slightest control and opposition, only means we humans will keep searching for higher forms of mass and energy, till definitely we cross the barrier of stability of strangelets, black holes and other forms of dark matter that will devour us. Make no mistake, the end of the race for higher energy in accelerators should be an event, which creates a stable black hole or strangelet that devour us - NOT an intelligent commission of politicians and citizens, who decides to stop this disguised arm race. And since the industry will keep pushing further upgrades and plans to reach always new energies, sooner than latter the planet will blow up, with the indifference and acquiescence of our political and judiciary institutions.
Hence your quote, 'days (if the ions do us all) or decades (if we need further upgrades to 'reach the goal', our encounter with Kali )
This is worrying. Why has manfrommars gone AC? What does he know that I don't? And why hasn't Lewis Page won a Pulitzer yet? Is Sarah Bee real? I don't have any Tin Foil - the stuff I got is made from aluminum - I mean aluminium. It started snowing here around the time the LHC switched to plumbum. Will my post be upvoted? This isn't SlashDot?
There is a theory which states that if ever the true purpose of the universe is discovered, it will instantly vanish and be replaced by one even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
(Mine's the one with the towel in the pocket)
It occurred some time ago.
The hole in the fabric of space time did not occur at CERN, it occurred in London. To be precise, it is located near the Speakers chair in the house of commons.
All the interdimensional monsters invaded, time was slowed and strange particles pervaded the air.
Unfortunately it was not noticed since the occupants of said house do not live in this world anyway. The press people present were still discussing global warming.
Wot, no jokes about Gordon Freeman yet?
For added authenticity, CERN should put something like the following through their PA if the red button is pressed:
"Attention administration personnel, evacuate Sector D immediately.
Attention. All science personnel report topside for immediate questioning.
Warning, cross-dimensional power field activity detected
Warning, unauthorized biological force detected in cross-dimensional power field.
All personnel evacuate Lambda Complex, extreme dimensional malfunction detected.
Message for Gordon Freeman, you will not escape this time. "
My understanding is that the speed of light is a constant, and the only absolute constant in the universe (because we defined it that way). So, two things approaching each other, each travelling at the speed of light, can meet each other at no more than the speed of light. What happens between them, so as to avoid their having any illusion as to their meeting each other at anything in excess of the speed of light, is that time slows down. Therefore, from the point of view of a particle travelling at something approaching the speed of light towards another particle travelling at the same speed in the opposite direction, the two particles meet each other very, very, very slowly -- as if the LHC were a tremendously cumbersome sort of social networking website server driving a 512 Kbyte eight-inch floppy diskette with a 400-baud modem. And like Facebook, despite people seeing it as producing spectacularly orgasmic results, it does nothing.
I say this with some academic authority, having been certified as competent to an advanced level in the study of physics by the Oxford and Cambridge Joint Matriculation Board.
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