Hadron Collider

Philip Miller Tate Philmt59 at aol.com
Wed Sep 10 15:48:54 CDT 2008

One has to bear in mind that a mini black hole in Switzerland or  
France would be the most interesting thing to appear in either  
country in many years, and a great boost to the tourist economy. I'd  
go and see it, but there's no need. A page on - sigh - the BBC News  
website explains how a mini black hole will definitely not be formed,  
illustrated by an artist's impression of what such a mini black hole  
might look like. It's round, brightly coloured and a bit spikey, if  
you're interested.

The daftest thing is the pressure groups trying to take out  
injunctions to stop them turning the LHC on. The schedule is in the  
public domain - and easily accessed on line - demonstrating that the  
LHC had already been tested before the 'official' opening today.  
Still, the collisions start in a few weeks' time, if all goes  
according to plan, then the LHC shuts down for the winter. Tourists  
are less likely to travel to Geneva to see a black hole when it's cold.

Some of the general public's comments - and those of the media - are  
excrutiating, but we live in a Dark Age of Unreason. But don't think  
of it as the US outsourcing science, think in terms of international  
co-operation in science being a good thing.

Phil M1GWZ

On 10 Sep 2008, at 19:26, Michael O'Dell wrote:

> The mental midgets cancelled the Superconducting Super Collider
> years ago. had that been built, *we* would have been in charge
> of creating the micro-black-holes instead of the Europeans.
> it also would have advanced superconducting magnet technology
> years sooner, too.
> Oh well - we outsource everything else. Now we're outsourcing
> the creating of new knowledge, too. pretty soon, the only thing
> Americans will know how to do is order a Big Mac, although the
> only people able to do *that* will be the ones who can speak
> the particular flavor of non-Englished used at your neighborhood
> McDonalds.
> Note that about 3000 years ago, the Chinese decided to just
> sit down and become stupid. The good news is that they managed
> to live through it anyway and catch up remarkably quickly.
> I wonder how long it will take the US to re-awaken and start
> playing catch-up?
>     harumph
>     -mo
> Joe Bento wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> What has happened here in the USA?  Have we completely abandoned our
>> quest for scientific knowledge and the unknown?  To read the comments
>> posted on CNN regarding the beginning experiments with the Hadron
>> Collider, one would think we are opening Pandora's box and the  
>> wrath of God.
>> If you want to know how the world began, read Genesis.  End of  
>> discussion.
>> The money would be better spent in Dalfour.
>> If the scientists say the experiments are safe and know the expected
>> outcome, why perform the experiment in the first place?
>> They'll create a black hole to swallow the earth.
>> Black holes will be developed for military evil.
>> I'm dismayed to think that we had enough interest in the unknown  
>> to land
>> a manned craft on the moon 40 years ago.  My, but how we've  
>> regressed as
>> a nation!  We were once a world leader in technology and  
>> innovation, and
>> today it hardly seems that we're even participants.
>> Joe, N6DGY
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