LHC and Unmotivational Posters

10 09 2008

So I’ve heard of scientists smashing atoms.  I’ve heard that for a long time.  So now, taking that a step further is the most ambitious atom smashing project EVER!  The best part is that the “experiment” will take years and cost $10 billion dollars spread between 20 countries.  Inside the Large Hadron Collider, scientists hope to re-create the “big bang” (athiests everywhere are rejoicing while republicans are committing suicide simultaneously).  They hope to find evidence of extra dimensions, invisible “dark matter,” and an elusive particle called the “Higgs boson.”  Here’s a reversal of fortune for Bible toting creationists…. the “Higgs boson” is also referred to as the “God particle.”  It is somewhat of a myth, and is believed to give mass to other particles.  How ironic is it that the whole fucking universe was created on accident (big bang) and is constantly triumphed as science trumping religion, yet the small particles that give/create mass to/for other particles is called the, “God particle,” thus bringing God back into the scientific argument.  I guess they wanted to appease both sides, ha ha. 



So anyways….. The project, organized by the 20 member nations of the European Organization for Nuclear Research — known by its French initials CERN — has attracted researchers of 80 nationalities. 

The collider is designed to push the proton beam close to the speed of light, moving around the 17-mile tunnel at 11,000 times a second at full power. Ramping up to full power is probably a year away.
Some skeptics have said the collisions could result in tiny black holes — subatomic versions of collapsed stars whose gravity is so strong they can suck in planets and other stars.
Micro black holes produced by a collider, the critics theorize, would move more slowly and might be trapped inside the Earth’s gravitational field — and eventually threaten the planet.  I for one think that would be really, really bad…. I guess this guy does too.
Check the full story here

Unmotivitational posters

So I’m sure we’ve all seen those motivation posters about success, motivation, perserverance, etc… well somebody didn’t get the memo about being positive in the office, ha ha… here’s some of my faves (though I didn’t get through all of them… way too many to click through).  Enjoy!



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