Huge, and fantastic, news: The LHC has had COLLISIONS.
Geneva, 23 Nov (THAINDIAN NEWS) Today the LHC circulated two beams simultaneously for the first time, allowing the operators to test the synchronization of the beams and giving the experiments their first chance to look for proton-proton collisions. With just one bunch of particles circulating in each direction, the beams can be made to cross in up to two places in the ring. From early in the afternoon, the beams were made to cross at points 1 and 5, home to the ATLAS and CMS detectors, both of which were on the lookout for collisions. Later, beams crossed at points 2 and 8, ALICE and LHCb
I wish to also point out that no black hole was created that swallowed us up and the earth did not just explode, in other words the LHC did not kill us. YAY!
It is nice to know that the president of my country has decided that math education is as important as I think it is:
President Obama has launched an “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This campaign will include efforts not only from the Federal Government but also from leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies to work with young people across America to excel in science and math.
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Randall Munroe over at the amazing and wonderful webcomic XKCD, which if you have not read all of his comics you should really go over and start with comic 1 panel 1, posted this great comic explaining the differences between an incredible result in the academic spehere and the private sector making, at least in my mind, a rather good argument for the worth of working for the academy.
Beautiful. Amazing. Awesome.
Now I just need to know how to build my Black Hole Shelter for when the LHC finally comes online.(via boingboing)