Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Report : 10th september The CERN's Hadron

The world's biggest experiment begins. The Independent (en)

'Big Bang' Large Hadron Collider is activated. Roger Highfield, The Telegraph (en)
"... The switch-on saw the first stream of subatomic particles - known as Hadrons - circulating in the tunnel. The first collisions are expected in around 30 days.
The LHC will produce beams seven times more energetic than any previous machine, and around 30 times more intense when it reaches its design performance, probably by 2010."

We must be wary of scientific research. Gerald Warner, The Telegraph (en)
"...The experiment is being conducted by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) and has involved 6,300 scientists from more than 40 countries, including Britain. In a circular tunnel 17 miles long, they have installed a machine known as the Large Hadron Collider, which will produce particle collisions, generating minute fireballs of super-dense matter with temperatures of around a trillion degrees, or 10,000 times hotter than the sun....
...Even if the Large Hadron Collider turns out to be harmless, still larger machines are planned and science is entering an era of unknown risks. It is not just particle physics that poses dilemmas: genetic research and other hi-tech novelties demand a philosophical, moral and legal response..."

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