Céad Míle Fáilte ~ A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Here we seek a rest in the shade, some cool water and a little kindness. This blog is dedicated to peace, truth, justice and a post- industrial, post-petroleum illumined world in spite of all odds against it. I very much like the line about the ancient knight (see poem below) "His helmet now shall make a hive for bees" It is reminiscent of "beating swords into ploughshares" a sentiment I heartily approve of. Thank you for visiting ~ I hope you return!

Waterfall Animation Pictures, Images and Photos

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

How Do Particles Get Mass?

Alas, the answer is not "at the corner Catholic Church". Stephen Hawking bets the CERN mega-machine won't find 'God's Particles.' It appears these intrepid voyagers into science are attempting to re-create the conditions of the Big Bang. That sounds safe, eh wot? Critics of CERN's new Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project have very serious concerns - basically, they are worried that the attempt to re-create energies near those of the big bang will create miniature black holes that will swallow the Earth, or trigger new expanding universes which will consume our own. Lovely, but not likely, or so CERN says. Anyhow, if a black hole does open up and consumes the earth there'll be no one around to say "oops!" to. Trust us, we're scientists. 'The Titanic is unsinkable, you silly thing you, and here's why...why don't you run along at play with some kittens, there's a nice girl.'

Extra confessional prayers at bedtime tonight, along with a splash of holy water, in case in happens that I need to do my own last rites.

From the BBC:
QUOTE On Wednesday, engineers will attempt to circulate a beam of particles around the 27km-long underground tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
The £5bn machine is designed to smash particles together with cataclysmic force, revealing signs of new physics in the wreckage.
This will re-create conditions in the Universe moments after the Big Bang. UNQUOTE

The Large Hadron Rap (hat tip to Nicollete)

No comments: