Did you feel anything?

02008-09-10 | World | 4 comments

The end is nigh
On Wednesday morning September 10th, the very excited and optimistic scientists turn on the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva…

We have a Long Bet that states “Large Hadron Collider will destroy Earth.” And you can watch the video above of what that looks like.

(Via Long Views)

The “First Beam” will occur at 9:30AM at CERN, which will be 2:30AM here in Santa Fe.

Direct link to the YouTube vid depicting the end of this world.

Nope, I didn’t feel a thing. Shouldn’t Earth be destroyed by now? September 10 – check. Almost 9AM – check. No, I think we are safe. At least until the end of the Mayan Calendar in 2012. :)


  1. eric

    i like the image google has on the homepage for the LHC.

    i’m a little concerned that we’re ripping into subspace. i’m certainly not as educated on the subject as the scientists involved but wouldn’t something like this open a possibility to disrupt space (e.g., a black hole??).

  2. Victor

    Clearly the appearance of a black hole at CERN would have made the day more entertaining. Still, I can’t help but enjoy the blue sky and cool Fall air. Too bad the Mayans didn’t leave us any YouTube vids… I’m dying to know how it all ends! ;)

  3. steve1

    Actually, they didn’t collide anything today. The beam will only be circulating in one direction. From what I understand, they won’t be up to 10 TeV until October, and only after some alignment and calibration takes place at 5 TeV.

    So, this was more of a symbolic milestone than anything. i.e., The first time the beam goes through the entire machine.

  4. ed

    Yes, i agree with steve. I think there has been a misconception, the scientists only tested the accuracy of the beam, around the circuit(Supposedly if it had varied within a hairs fraction the force would be explosive).

    It certainly would be funny if the world ended!
    Curiosity, might not only kill the cat, but humans and the whole world


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