fill me in on the large hadron collider... http://public.web.cern.ch/Public/en/LHC/WhyLHC-en.html A few good quotes should speak volumes more than anything I could say on the issues so: quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider On The LHC "The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a particle accelerator located at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. It lies in a tunnel under France and Switzerland." "When activated, it is theorized that the collider will produce the elusive Higgs boson, the observation of which could confirm the predictions and "missing links" in the Standard Model of physics and could explain how other elementary particles acquire properties such as mass." Have a looky :shocked: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:CMS_Higgs-event.jpg Cool! "Concerns have been raised that performing collisions at previously unexplored energies might unleash new and disastrous phenomena. These include the production of micro black holes, and strangelets, potentially resulting in a doomsday scenario." Some quotes from the CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) Homepage: http://public.web.cern.ch/Public/Welcome.html On LHC Computing: "When the LHC begins operations, it will produce roughly 15 petabytes [annually]" 15,000 Terabytes! with a backup held on tape at CERN. So if anyone tells you tape is out again. :grin: The information will be sent out using "The Grid" which supports 1 gigabytes per second. Not Gb/s, GB/s. That's 10,000 times faster than the net. More here: http://gridcafe.web.cern.ch/gridcafe/ " CERN employs just around 2500 people. The Laboratoryâ€™s scientific and technical staff designs and builds the particle accelerators and ensures their smooth operation. They also help prepare, run, analyse and interpret the data from complex scientific experiments. Some 8000 visiting scientists, half of the worldâ€™s particle physicists, come to CERN for their research. They represent 580 universities and 85 nationalities. " So they're saying that the LHC goes live this year. They want to work out what causes mass. Its about slaming proton into protons and creating bosons or something. What they seem to be focused on it understanding why gravity is such a weak force. There's something called a Standard Model ("The Standard Model of particle physics is a theory that describes three of the four known fundamental interactions between the elementary particles that make up all matter." from wiki) Its a lot to taken in especially if you're not from a physics or maths background. There's no doubt something very big is around the corner. Thoughts, more, questions, answers, more??? I don't know, share.