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Large Hadron Collider may have replicated Big Bang

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The Large Hadron Collider may have recreated the matter that existed in the earliest moments of the universe, on a miniature level, according to a new scientific paper published in the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Located on the Swiss-French border, unusual readings produced by the $10 billion machine’s high-energy proton collisions might replicate the “hot dense matter” that existed microseconds after the Big Bang, the Associated Press reports.

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Large Hadron Collider may have replicated Big Bang

  1. It cant technically replicate the big bang, but I can replicate conditions that existed very minute timescales after the Big Bang.

    • *typo …but it can…not but I can…I cant do anything lol Thanks! : D

  2. $10 machine?????

    • I'll start the bidding at $12.

    • Apparently, it caused a ripple in the time/money continuum, and we're back to 1810…

  3. Wasn't this the machine that was supposed to bring the world to end or some such thing a couple years ago?

    • Actually it was supposed to bring about the end of the word, but so far just some typos.

    • Nahh! It just heralds the beginning and opening of more questions and open palms for more research big bucks.

  4. But at least a less ignorant mistake than that CNN report:

    "Columbia: The Shuttle Tragedy"
    > Shuttle traveling (sic) nearly 18 times speed of light".

    Perhaps they were thinking of the NCC-595 Columbia from "Star Trek III" ….

    • What? The shuttle travelled 18x c? Someone beat Zefram Cochrane to it? haha

  5. Altogether a very unsatisfactory news report. Although I appreciated the humour of my fellow commentators (that was one of the funnier threads I've seen for awhile) I'd really like a LOT more detail!

    What does 'unusual readings' mean in an experiment that's never been tried at this scale before? I mean to say, wouldn't every reading be unusual in the sense that its never been read before?

    And for Pete's Sake! Was it the Higgs Boson or not?????

    • If you spend that much money you have a big PR department,
      If you have a big PR department you get a release like above.

      If you go back to the article Wells wrote on Perimeter there was little bit about how long it takes after such an experiment to even say a reading was unusual. Delays like that drive PR departments crazy.

      • Ohhh. In that case, I'd like to up John Gs bid. I'll go with $14.

        • Looks like we're too late Jenn. Someone has gone all the way up to $10 billion. Damn elites.

          • Huh. So no point in even combining our bids and going sharesies! Damn elites!

      • Thanks for the link, Cary.

        Oh man, now I need a scientist to explain it all. 7 TeV? Beauty quark?

        Of course, this is also exactly why I find this stuff so very fascinating.

        • Best if luck.
          I bookmarked this back when 'they' thought the collider would end the world with black holes.
          So far it just provides great reading (if you want to go to sleep!)

    • Yes, good point about the word "unusual". When something has been done just once, it's hard to claim it's the same old usual readings.

  6. How is this news? 'MIGHT replicate the “hot dense matter” that existed microseconds after the Big Bang?'

    If I reported on everything that MIGHT be happening, I'm pretty sure nobody would pay any attention to my ramblings. But because it's scientists saying it, it's news? Get a life.

    • You got them there! Your "MIGHT" does not cost a penny, but this costs a Big Bang of tax payers money.

  7. "Large Hadron Collider may have replicated Big Bang"

    First time I read the headline the 'r' and 'd' were reversed in 'Hadron' by my impure mind… it would make for a very different story.

    • If they have hired you as their PR manager and adopted your suggested letter reversals at the start, they would have not and will not be facing a research fund crunch. You might even have united all religion cooperating and working together… against you.

      • I'm such a, free radical, that most religions are already working against me anyways.

  8. Wouldn't it be cool if we were the result of an even bigger Hadron Collider that had been built in an even bigger universe?

    Freaky.

    • A miniature experimental world, wouldn't you say? How much do you think did it cost them to make us happen? You have just given Ottawa centrist's theory new meaning and possibility. Both of you might have just upped the on going auction price!

  9. Ooohps, I might have forgotten to switch on my hearing aid!

  10. We can scientifically walk and chew gum at the same time. If you're going to rant about $ allocation, why not shame us all for, I don't know, spending too much on fast food or jewelry or lawn care instead of cancer research?

  11. Don't lump us into your shame game Jerry. I'm not ashamed for nothing I've donated and everything I have donated goes to charity. If Facebook were as powerful as we know it to be, Zucks should implement a "Cure" button linked to charities. I'd 'Like' the "Cure" button and everyone would "Agree".

  12. I can create a big bang with a firecracker. For a dollar. Much cheaper than 10 billion.

    • Your exciting intellect, and inquiring brain, leaves me speechless. Why didn't I think of that?. Hey! After all. I finished high school..

  13. I'm wondering if they've registered that hadron collider with the government. Unregistered weapons are dangerous. If the cops stop by, they'd want to know if there's a potential black hole in the building.

  14. Oh Jerry! It is good to have people like you to act as our concience, but it is really extremely difficult for many of us to be saints 24/7. Do the mysteries of the Universe and the possibilities of what is and not out there, not intrigue you? Well probably not with that hefty price tag… but can we have just a tiny bit wee fun?

  15. How is all this money they spend helping society? People are struggling with their lives and their spending 10 billion dollars! Who cares about the big bang. You don't need to know what happened X amount of years to go to figure out the problems of today! Helping us understand the universe does not make problems go away or solve them, you have to give me an example for me to believe that (concerning what happened at the beginning that is!)

    • Even if there were no practical or profitable application for any of the knowledge we could derive from knowing about the beginning of the universe, it's worth it for the sheer ability to appreciate the creation of EVERYTHING. This is the most fantastic event ever: literally, the creation from a strange and unknowable 'soup' of matter within less than the blink of an eye a heavens of unimaginable size and complexity. I think knowing where we come from, and how we got to where we are today, is an expression of our ability as sentient creatures to imagine and to wonder and to reason. It proves we are a precious part of the universe, something truly special. We do more than eat, reproduce, and die. We can examine the mysteries of the universe and discover answers.

      Never mind the shockingly useful applications of physics. Read Wells' article on Perimeter. Imagine being able to manipulate gravity as a force!

    • why are you not criticizing all the billions that society spends on iphones, xboxes, games, movies, tabloids, reality shows and other useless crap that could go towards 'helping society' instead? How does it makes sense spending billions on these industries but not on the LHC which could benefit the future of humanity? The technology that will come out of the LHC could be astounding because of new physics and can be used towards finding cures for illnesses, food, transportation, environment, and pretty much everything that affects our lives. So think again, do you really think the LHC is not that important?

  16. hopefully well learn more edging us closer to new energy thats cleaner,a better understanding of what makes it all 'tick'….or the 'grail' of science….FUSION!

  17. why are you not criticizing all the billions that society spends on iphones, xboxes, games, movies, tabloids, reality shows and other useless crap that could go towards 'helping society' instead? How does it makes sense spending billions on these industries but not on the LHC which could benefit the future of humanity? The technology that will come out of the LHC could be astounding because of new physics and can be used towards finding cures for illnesses, food, transportation, environment, and pretty much everything that affects our lives. So think again, do you really think the LHC is not that important?

  18. I can't really believe some people don't get the LHC – why are they not criticizing all the billions that society spends on iphones, xboxes, games, movies, tabloids, reality shows and other useless crap that could go towards 'helping society' instead? How does it makes sense spending billions on these industries but not on the LHC which could benefit our future? The technology that will come out of the LHC could be astounding because of new physics and can be used towards finding cures for illnesses, food, transportation, environment, and pretty much everything that affects peoples lives. How could some people think that the LHC is not important?

    • well said pleasethink

      • Yes very well said indeed, I think that it is very important to understand that stuff

  19. In a nutshell! The population vs the rate we are ripping though resources= We can't feed everyone forever!
    If science can't help us, many are doomed.
    Sorry about the truth!