World’s Biggest’ Particle Accelerator To Be 32km LongThe International Linear Collider?!?! This is incredible! Kind of a random site to have posted this, but I’m sure this will picked up. WowwwwwwwwwLondon, Jun 9:
CERN scientists have upped the ante on the search of dark matter and are planning to build the world’s biggest and most expensive particle accelerator — stretching up to a vast 32 kilometres.
The machine will surpass the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the particle accelerator that has a circumference of 27 km and was used in the hunt for the Higgs boson, the ‘God particle’ that gives matter its mass and whose discovery was announced last year.
The International Linear Collider (ILC), will smash subatomic particles together with such force that it could reveal evidence for new forms of matter and extra dimensions of space, The Sunday Times reported.
Some scientists are even calling it Einstein’s telescope, because it would reveal why the physicist’s equations work as they do.
The European launch at CERN, the particle physics laboratory in Geneva, this Wednesday will announce plans to build the particle accelerator and include a lecture by Brian Cox, the TV physicist, in the hope the project will inspire the same global fascination as CERN’s hunt for the Higgs.
“The LHC is a very noisy machine. For every billion collisions we get just one Higgs boson. The ILC is a precision instrument designed as a Higgs factory,” Lyn Evans, CERN’s project leader for the ILC, said.
“It will produce millions of them, so we can study them properly and see if there is just one or several, as some theories predict,” Evans said.
The ILC would comprise two giant ‘guns’, one accelerating electrons and the other particles of anti-matter called positrons to near-light speeds before smashing them together.
Evans said the new machine would complement the LHC, which has “many more years of life“.
“The next enormous prizes for these machines is finding dark matter, which makes up most of the mass in the universe but so far has never been seen,” he said.
The machine will most certainly be built in Japan. The country is so keen to host the machine that it will put up half the 8 billion pounds cost — much of which would be spent drilling the huge underground tunnels needed to house it, the paper reported.
An important reminder that the universe has three spatial dimensions and is best appreciated with all three engaged*.
*engage fourth as needed for EXTREME MODE
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“Nothing is so dangerous to the progress of the human mind than to assume that our views of science are ultimate, that there are no mysteries in nature, that our triumphs are complete, and that there are no new worlds to conquer.”
What the city is missing: Thierry Cohen photographs cityscapes and then photographs deserts at night, combing the two to show us what our cities would look like with the lights off. The stars are not enhanced, they are actual photos from relative latitudes that would expose the same starry sky view if it weren’t for light pollution. Click on each photo to see which city it is.
Brought in here now because the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research has been announced today and the winners are English physicist Peter Higgs, the Belgian Francois Englert and The European Laboratory for Particle Physics:The discovery of the Higgs boson is an emblematic example of how Europe has led a collective effort to solve one of the deepest mysteries of physics.
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Great Work, Internet! We’re Getting a Tesla Statue That’s Also a Time Capsule and Wi-Fi Hotspot
In spite of being dead, Nikola Tesla is having a pretty good year. His New York lab was just purchased by a group of admirers looking to turn it into a museum, he could be getting his own cartoon, and now there will be a statue built in his honor in Silicon Valley. And not just any statue — this one will double as a Wi-Fi hotspot, triple as a time capsule, and it could even be going to Mars in 2043.
The project comes courtesy of Kickstarter, and it just ended its campaign to raise $123,000 with a total of $127,260. That’s far from some of the blowout Kickstarter campaigns we’ve seen in the past, but we’re just glad they hit their goal and this thing is happening. I only wish I’d heard about it in time to contribute. There needs to be more statues of Tesla in the world, and I think we can all agree that there’s no good reason for every statue in the world to not be a free Wi-Fi hotspot.
Prototype Real / Digital Info Interface System
Using projection and gestures to create interactive relationship with information - video embedded below:
Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a next generation user interface which can accurately detect the users finger and what it is touching, creating an interactive touchscreen-like system, using objects in the real word.
“We think paper and many other objects could be manipulated by touching them, as with a touchscreen. This system doesn’t use any special hardware; it consists of just a device like an ordinary webcam, plus a commercial projector. Its capabilities are achieved by image processing technology.”
Using this technology, information can be imported from a document as data, by selecting the necessary parts with your finger.
More at DigInfo here
RELATED: This is very similar to a concept developed in 1991 called ‘The Digital Desk’ [link]
Hypnotic Solar Explosions in 4k
To the naked eye, our sun is an unremarkable ball of heat and light. Under the eye of the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or S.D.O, the Sun’s activity is revealed under various spectrums of light. See incredibly detailed coronal mass ejections, bursts, and solar flares. Let the immense power of the sun immerse and mesmerize you in stunning Ultra High Definition.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, MA ’83, is the public face of science. But he says his success has nothing to do with UT.
“Hey, aren’t you the scientist?”
The voice calls out on a bustling Manhattan sidewalk. Neil deGrasse Tyson—celebrity astrophysicist and director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium—whirls around, looking for its source. He sees a disheveled homeless man with a piercing stare.
“Yes, I guess I am,” says Tyson, MA ’83. “What can I do for you?”
“I’ve seen you on TV,” the man replies. “I just want to know—how exactly would a black hole kill a person?”
So Tyson launches into a quick account of spaghettification, or the way extreme gravitational forces near a black hole would stretch a human body from head to toe—like a skinny pasta noodle—until its very atoms would be wrenched apart. “A black hole is a one-way trip,” he is fond of saying. “You ain’t coming out.”
Perhaps no other scientist in the world is so famous that even someone lacking basic shelter stops him on the street to ask a technical question. But Neil deGrasse Tyson, 53, is like no other scientist. More than anyone else living today, he is the public face of his entire field.
You may not know his name, but you’ve seen him on CNN, ABC, The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show, Jeopardy!, or even Stargate Atlantis. TIME named him one of the 100 most influential Americans; People gave him the inimitable title of “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive.” And when his new show debuts on FOX next year, Tyson will be exposed to his widest audience yet.
“People stop me on the street all the time,” Tyson says. “Taxi drivers, janitors, businessmen. It doesn’t matter who you are—it’s human nature to ask deep questions about the universe. To look up and wonder what’s out there. And I’m happy to talk about it.”
Connecting with such a prominent alumnus could be huge for The University of Texas. This is even truer because Tyson is African-American, and UT has long had a troubled relationship with the black community. But Tyson is not exactly UT’s biggest fan. That’s because he and the University had a bad break-up—one that prompts tricky questions about how academia defines success. As we’ll see, his time at UT is the one thing Tyson doesn’t like to talk about.
read more about Neil’s journey and struggles
Bill Nye the Science Guy (Vulcan) (by navid j)
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