Wednesday, September 10, 2008

End of world postponed?

Conventional wisdom has it that today, 10 September, is the day the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could destroy the world.

But according to the US’s LHC website, the CERN scientists will start-up the doomsday machine today, but the world-shattering experiments won’t actually commence for another month or two:

On September 10, scientists at the LHC will attempt for the first time to send a proton beam zooming around the 27-kilometer ring. One to two months later, the first protons will collide in the center of the LHC experiments, launching a new era in mankind's quest to understand the physical universe.

One can only hope nobody’s done anything, er, rash today.

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Blogger Kathy Farrelly said...

It's the end of the world as we know it Jarcob.

And I feel fine!

Mind you, been out to lunch and had another of those beautiful seafood platters whilst taking in the breathtaking ocean scenery.(Don't tell Mike)

Not forgetting the obligatory bottle of Chardonnay.

This time a bewdifull bottle of Bellinger 2005.( from down south near Albany.)

10/9/08 5:57 PM  
Blogger Father Park said...

Looking for the "god" particle. I wish them all the success: from such do we learn.

Don't tel Mike????

Even in the depths of the burial plot I was in Saturday I managed to slice up meats, vegies, chicken, squid, Atlantic salmon, king prawns and much more for a steamboat. Yum.....

10/9/08 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

Re, the God Particle, a.k.a., Higgs Boson -- Paul Davies was on Lateline last night telling how the God Particle began as "that God damn particle", because... well, they couldn't find it.

Kath, sounds like a splendid way to end the world. Well, good as any, and certainly better than some (such as slogging away in a dreary office).

10/9/08 10:31 PM  
Anonymous jo said...

Are we all dead yet or do we just think we're still livng?

Good thing I drank all my booze yesterday, but if I'm dead why am I so thirsty?

We must be dead...

I hope they have pubs in this dimension.

11/9/08 6:27 PM  
Blogger Father Park said...

They sure do: I'll be visiting one...again...tomorrow.

11/9/08 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

There might be a pub, Justin, but the little black holes might suck away the contents of the kegs. And there's nothing more lonesome, morbid or drear than to stand in the bar of a supra-dimensional-interstitial pub with no beer.

Just a hypothesis, mind you...

11/9/08 11:14 PM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

Just an afterthought, or alternative hypothesis, but maybe we could hitch a ride to the restaurant at the end of the universe?

11/9/08 11:19 PM  
Blogger Father Park said...

As long as it served black beer....

12/9/08 7:27 AM  
Anonymous jo said...

Don't we have to put a $1 in the bank so we can afford the bill at the RATEOTUinverse.

Now that would be a piss up worth waiting/saving for; if only my liver can hang in there another 4 billion years or so.

Imagine the colours and you know what? We won't have to clean up our mess. We'll leave that to the next shift whenever they decide to turn up.

12/9/08 8:31 PM  

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