Thursday, September 11, 2008

Largest particle collider goes online, who cares?

Ten thousand scientists have been working for 14 years to create a massive facility at a cost of $6 billion called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It's been created simply to perform science experiments. It will not make anything you can sell in a store or perform any services that people can pay for. Why?

The answer: to discover the most elementary particles in the universe and unlock some of the biggest secrets in cosmology,
reports Time.

At present, we don't know how gravity works. We don't know why the universe is expanding at an increasing rate. Shouldn't it be slowing down? And we don't know why galaxies don't spin apart. From what we can measure, galaxies aren't heavy enough to hold themselves together.

The theoretical key to how gravity works is the Higgs-Boson. The key to the universe's accelerating expansion is dark energy. For the galaxy-sticking-together problem it's dark matter. But again, it's all theory until scientists can observer particle interactions that the LHC can facilitate.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.