Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Large Hadron Collider Turned on

The Large Hadron Collider was turned on today, but it will be some time before it is up to full power. It will also be some time before they start colliding protons.

What can we expect to happen? Well, there are a few possibilities:
1) Absolutely nothing, major technical error, design flaw, or glitch renders the whole project worthless.
2) It works but nothing new is discovered.
3) Our current understanding of of the universe is confirmed.
4) It works and our understanding of the beginning of the universe expands.
5) It works and somehow destroys the earth.
6) Some combination of the aforementioned five.

What is likely. Well, I am not a physicist but my bet would be on a combination of three and four. Stay tuned to find out.

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