Colliding Control Rooms, Then and Now…
The top photo features the control room of Russia’s now-defunct Synchrophasotron, opened in 1957, and the bottom photo features the control room of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
I’m digging the chandelier and parquet flooring back in the day. CERN, take notes.
PHD Comics takes a look at the post-Higgs usefulness of the Large Hadron Collider. Now that the boson’s been found, it’s gott be worth more than just a big, circular hole in the ground, right?
Extra dimensions, anyone?
(via Open Culture)
Illustrations by Moonrunner
Moonrunner is primarily known for its science-based illustrations, especially in such fields as astro-physics, cosmology, dark energy, black holes, the solar system and such stellar phenomena as quasars, star nurseries and pulsars. We have worked with Stephen Hawking, as well as with the scientist/authors of the National Geographic and Scientific American magazines, and also those publishing with Dorling Kindersley, Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Weldon Owen.
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That’s what I call some serious astro-illustration. Be sure to click on the photos above to check out the explanations in the slide show.
I Got 99 Particles But A Boson Ain’t One
Thanks to my Twitter friends for sending me this awesome Large Hadron Collider rap. Stephen Hawking’s voice droppin’ fat beats while the CERN MCs explain what each detector does and how the various collisions will enlighten our understanding of our universe boiiiiiiiiiii …
Of course, now that they’ve discovered the Higgs bizzity-boson, tha haters best step off …
(by Will Barras)
Drawn by CERN physicist Dr. Sergio Cittolin. A whole bunch more are available here.
Previously: A collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical art, some of our first modern medical illustrations.
- If the beam went off course, it carries enough energy to burn through six feet of solid copper.
- The amount of energy in a single LHC beam is still less than the energy present in the amount of chocolate that two Swiss people eat every year.
More facts about how much power is at the LHC here. And to answer that question you’re asking, here’s some opinions on what would happen if you stuck your hand in it. A Soviet engineer actually did that once, only he used his head.
A Quick Look Around the LHC Goes Wrong
A good reason not to step off the guided tour next time you’re at the Large Hadron Collider. This poor little guy gets caught in the beam path along with Team Proton 1. After zooming around near the speed of light, weighing 7,000 times what the green blob would outside, there’s the hefty collision with the blue team at the end. He’s gonna have a headache.
For the science behind the video and to tour the parts of the LHC yourself, check out the OxfordSparks page.
What’s it all for? As the narrator says, they’re looking for "Higgs Boson particles, tiny black holes, dark matter, or anything else a little unusual that might help prove one theory or another."
What is a Gnome Doing at the Large Hadron Collider?
Meet Kern, the globe-traveling gnome. Here he is in one of the LHC’s tunnels. Why? Are gnomes the secret to unlocking neutrinos?
Kern is a project of Kern Precision Scales, a company that makes … you guessed it: Precision scales. See, gravity is slightly different at different places on the Earth’s surface, which is where lumpy-Earth maps like this come from. That means you’d weigh slightly more or less at different spots on Earth.
Kern the Gnome gets shipped all over the Earth where he is unpacked, weighed, photographed and finally sent to his next destination. He was heaviest at the South Pole, weighing 309.82 grams compared to Geneva’s 307.65 grams.