Is it the end of the world?

Nah, come on! As everyone knows, the LHC will finally be turned on in 24 days. Some people - probably the grandchildren of the people who said the Halley would fry us all - think that it will bring the end of the world.

Again, COME ON! The chances something as an uncontrolled black hole is of 0.08%. Let´s put it, it´s easier to get a billion pounds at the UK lottery than something go wrong. CERN has now a counter and also some good explanations.

What is the LHC?
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva and it´s about 100 m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. It will revolutionise our understanding, from the miniscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe. In other words, to hadrons from planets the world as we know will be seen completely different.

Two beams of subatomic particles called 'hadrons' – either protons or lead ions – will travel in opposite directions inside the circular accelerator, gaining energy with every lap. Physicists will use the LHC to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang, by colliding the two beams head-on at very high energy. Teams of physicists from around the world will analyse the particles created in the collisions using special detectors in a number of experiments dedicated to the LHC.

There are many theories as to what will result from these collisions, but what's for sure is that a brave new world of physics will emerge from the new accelerator, as knowledge in particle physics goes on to describe the workings of the Universe. For decades, the Standard Model of particle physics has served physicists well as a means of understanding the fundamental laws of Nature, but it does not tell the whole story. Only experimental data using the higher energies reached by the LHC can push knowledge forward, challenging those who seek confirmation of established knowledge, and those who dare to dream beyond the paradigm.
So, there may be problems -click here to know more - but the risks a minimum, compared to what it will bring to science. Click here and see how big it is!
Let´s enjoy! If I could, I would be there! :-)

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