Biggest Particle Experiment Yet: Another End-of-the-World Prediction

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Mefiante (September 08, 2008, 10:12:19 AM):
It seems that even the hardest of experimental sciences, namely particle physics, is not exempt from a fair share of the attentions of doomsayers and death-mongers. According to some of them, the world’s biggest experiment to date will obliterate planet Earth and leave a black hole (and possibly a quasar) in its place. The experiment’s first prize is to detect the elusive Higgs Boson, failing which it will shed light on conditions a very small fraction of a second following the Big Bang.

The warning is underwritten by a small number of physicists many of whom didn’t pay sufficient attention during their QM and GR classes.

This Armageddon is supposed to befall humanity this Wednesday, so now’s a really good time to prepare one’s spaceship for immediate departure.

'Luthon64
bluegray (September 08, 2008, 11:22:57 AM):
If you prefer not to spend the last hours of your existence in crazed paranoia, you might want to follow the live coverage on BBC ;)
More here: http://www.lhc.ac.uk/latest-news.html
ArgumentumAdHominem (September 08, 2008, 20:12:07 PM):
Wow, I just had to share this, it is LOL funny ...

YouTube: LHC SATANS STARGATE 2008

More woo words per second than any other conspiracy video I have ever seen. Get your bingo cards ready ... double points for "cosmic rays", "van allen belt", "free masons", "scripture", "dimension", "flying saucers", "armageddon", "stargate", "antichrist" but only 1/10th of a point for "satan" because the word comes-up so often.

For a hundred bonus points, before you watch the video, fill in the blank in the following sentence and if you are correct you get the points.

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As we all know, or we should all know, blank is back on [its] way. It's just around the corner.


PS: Join LHC@home to compute some of the 40 Terrabytes of data that will be generated every day from the experiments. The only way to handle that quantity of data would be to use the huge processing capability of distributed computing. Go to the BOINC Project website, download version 5.10.X, start it up, in the "Tools" menu, find "Attach to project" and in the list which appears find the LHC@home project. Very easy. BOINC will download work units when the computer is idle and process them before sending the results back and then downloading more.

Consider helping other scientific projects like Einstein@home (filtering recordings from radio telescopes around the world to find the feint heartbeats of pulsars), uFluids@home (fluid dynamics in micro gravity), Proteins@home (oops, project has closed), SETI@home (the original distributed computing project, the father of the BOINC project) and more. It has been a while since I used BOINC but for the LHC I'd love to contribute a little CPU time.
bluegray (September 09, 2008, 10:24:49 AM):
Wow, I just had to share this, it is LOL funny ...
YouTube: LHC SATANS STARGATE 2008
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For a hundred bonus points, before you watch the video, fill in the blank in the following sentence and if you are correct you get the points.
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As we all know, or we should all know, blank is back on [its] way. It's just around the corner.

Yup, blank is almost here, can't wait. ;)
It's hard to believe that people can publicly reveal just how stupid they are and be 100% serious about it... oh well, makes the rest of us laugh. It's just too ridiculous to feel sorry for the guy.
PS: Join LHC@home to compute some of the 40 Terrabytes of data that will be generated every day from the experiments. The only way to handle that quantity of data would be to use the huge processing capability of distributed computing. Go to the BOINC Project website, download version 5.10.X, start it up, in the "Tools" menu, find "Attach to project" and in the list which appears find the LHC@home project. Very easy. BOINC will download work units when the computer is idle and process them before sending the results back and then downloading more.
Good idea! I used to do this way back with the SETI@home project, and now is a good time to start again. In case you are wondering why ArgumentumAdHominem recommends version 5.10.x, this from the LHC@Home site:
Alex has been doing some tweaking in the background this week so some issues have been resolved. We are looking into the others and fixing them as we find solutions. Also the SixTrack application and the newest version of the BOINC client (6.2.X) don't seem to like each other. The developers are looking into this problem and it will be fixed as soon as possible.
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Further to yesterday's news item, we are recommending that you download/use the 5.10.X version of the BOINC client for your opertaing system. We hope to have this sorted as soon as possible but with LHC turn on in 4 days everyone is busy preparing for that.
On Ubuntu Hardy, a simple 'sudo apt-get install boinc-manager boinc-client' will set you up.

PS. As I understand it, the BOINC project will not be computing data from the experiments, but simulates the movement of particles around the accelerator:
SixTrack
Most of the scientific computing challenges that the LHC experiments are facing will require access to huge amounts of storage - the LHC will produce 15 Petabytes (15 million Gigabytes) of data per year. These data requirements means that most analysis programmes cannot be run on individual PCs. This is why CERN is leading the development of Grid computing, which aims to link hundreds of major computing centres around the world.

However, there are exceptions where public computing makes sense for the LHC. CERN's IT Department is interested in evaluating the sort of technology that is used by SETI@home for future use. A program called SixTrack, which simulates particles traveling around the LHC to study the stability of their orbits, can fit on a single PC and requires relatively little input or output.

Mefiante (September 10, 2008, 10:24:42 AM):
Well, it’s Wednesday, LHC D-day, and the world hasn’t ended yet. In fact, everything is going just fi

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