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Meet Evans the Atom, who will end the world on Wednesday (Experiment:Uncover Secrets of 'Big Bang')
dailymail.co.uk ^ | September 7, 2008 | Jonathan Petre

Posted on 09/08/2008 4:02:39 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

The man behind the world’s biggest scientific experiment, which critics claim could cause the end of the world, is a Welsh miner’s son who has admitted blowing things up as a child.

Dr Lyn Evans, who has been dubbed Evans the Atom, will this week switch on a giant particle accelerator designed to unlock the secrets of the Big Bang.

But the 63-year-old physicist revealed yesterday that his passion for science was fuelled by the relatively small bangs he had created with his chemistry set at his council house in Aberdare in the Welsh valleys.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackholes; hadroncollider; higgsboson; particleaccelerator; science

1 posted on 09/08/2008 4:02:39 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

We are ‘ALL GONNA DIE’ again?


2 posted on 09/08/2008 4:07:09 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They spent so much money on this accelerator that there is no way they can get away without claiming that they discovered the Higgs Boson. They have a vested interest in making sure that they “discover” the Higgs, either by hook or crook.


3 posted on 09/08/2008 4:11:41 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant
Ah yes, the evil omnipresent "they."

You're an idiot and a cynical idiot. Otherwise, you wouldn't be accusing people you don't even know of corruption.

4 posted on 09/08/2008 4:14:01 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Welshman, eh? Too bad they built it in Geneva instead of Cardiff.


5 posted on 09/08/2008 4:14:22 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (For real change stop electing lawyers: Fighter-Pilot/Hockey-Mom '08.)
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To: Brilliant

If you think about it, the Big Bang is awful unlikely. Try electrocity, not gravity.


6 posted on 09/08/2008 4:14:37 PM PDT by sobieski
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To: Alter Kaker

Actually, given the current state of theoretical physics, his position isn’t so idiotic. 40 years without a testable prediction and ‘string theory’ is still considered science.


7 posted on 09/08/2008 4:16:46 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (For real change stop electing lawyers: Fighter-Pilot/Hockey-Mom '08.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The only way Obama won’t lose—Earth destroyed.


8 posted on 09/08/2008 4:19:52 PM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Free ThinkerNY


9 posted on 09/08/2008 4:23:02 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - McCain/Palin'08 = http://www.johnmccain.com/)
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To: The_Reader_David
"Too bad they built it in Geneva instead of Cardiff."

Yeah, that way Torchwood could fix it. ;-)

10 posted on 09/08/2008 4:26:00 PM PDT by Pablo64 (What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Shrug. As long as it eats France first.


11 posted on 09/08/2008 4:27:38 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast ([Fred Thompson/Clarence Thomas 2008!])
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“But Dr Evans, the leader of the project, who has devoted 14 years of his life to building the vast particle accelerator, is dismissive of the doom-mongers.

In fact, he is so relaxed about the project, he even wears shorts to work”.

O.K., if he is wearing shorts to work then there is nothing to worry about here people.


12 posted on 09/08/2008 4:28:26 PM PDT by 12chachacha
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Four years, December, 2012, the world is supposed to end. This critic says four years we see light beams coming out of the Indian Ocean after a quasar forms in the center of the planet. Coincidence?


13 posted on 09/08/2008 4:30:01 PM PDT by Boagenes (I'm your huckleberry, that's just my game.)
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To: Boagenes

AlpineKat is not worried.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j50ZssEojtM


14 posted on 09/08/2008 4:35:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This could move global warming off the front page.


15 posted on 09/08/2008 4:36:45 PM PDT by yazoo
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To: Pablo64
Captain Jack and the rest could at least provide security and the rift for power. Tosh would have probably already built a portable one in another season if she had lived. I hated to see her and Owen go.

Brit TV has no problem killing off important characters.

16 posted on 09/08/2008 4:36:57 PM PDT by wally_bert (Tactical Is Still Missing A Chair! Star Wreck In The Pirkinning......)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Prof Rossler said that as the spinning-top-like quasar devoured the world from within, the two jets emanating from it would grow and catastrophes such as earthquakes and tsunamis would occur at the points they emerged from the Earth.

‘The weather will change completely, wiping out life, and very soon the whole planet will be eaten in a magnificent scenario – if you could watch it from the moon. A Biblical Armageddon. Even cloud and fire will form, as it says in the Bible.’


Wow! Makes "greenhouse gasses" and CO2 look pretty lame.
17 posted on 09/08/2008 4:38:38 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Alter Kaker

Yeah, right... We can assume academia is exempt from human nature.

I guess one way to prove their integrity would be if they conclude that it doesn’t exist. That might be a tall order, though, since I’ve heard quotes from various of the researchers that the Higgs DOES exist—it’s a certainty, and we’ve just got to prove it. Reading about this stuff, though, you don’t get the warm and fuzzies. Their interpretation of these experiments is often very subjective. They base their conclusions on consensus. I’m not sure how scientific that really is.


18 posted on 09/08/2008 4:39:58 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Armageddon-interruptus.

My local newspaper says that the collider will be fired up Wednesday to test the magnets only. Particle streams will be shot in one direction and then the other. Actual collisions won’t occur for about a month.


19 posted on 09/08/2008 4:44:37 PM PDT by Rinnwald (On our side? Six hundred million screaming Chinamen)
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To: wally_bert
"Brit TV has no problem killing off important characters."

So true. I've been tempted to snoop around and see who will be replacing them, but I'm going to just wait and be surprised (pleasantly, I hope.....please!).

20 posted on 09/08/2008 4:49:37 PM PDT by Pablo64 (What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.)
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To: Rinnwald

And then....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXzugu39pKM&feature=related

8^)


21 posted on 09/08/2008 4:54:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: sobieski

The whole point of the experiment is to try to get closer to the theoretical unification energy — the level of energy where particles become identical and electrical energy and gravity, as well as the strong and weak force, are indistinguishable. This is beleived to be 10(24) electron volts or 10(28) (100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) degrees C.


22 posted on 09/08/2008 5:19:18 PM PDT by sig226 (Obama '08 - No, You Can't.)
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To: Pablo64
I am sure they will be pleasant surprises. There do not appear to be slouches in the casting department.
23 posted on 09/08/2008 5:20:48 PM PDT by wally_bert (Tactical Is Still Missing A Chair! Star Wreck In The Pirkinning......)
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To: sig226

Is it possible to do it?


24 posted on 09/08/2008 5:21:24 PM PDT by sobieski
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To: sobieski

Not by any mechanism we can imagine, aside from the big bang. The Large Hadron Collider particles will collide at 1.4 x 10(13) electron volts. The unification energy might be 10(24) electron volts. This is 714,285,714,300 times the LHC’s energy.


25 posted on 09/08/2008 6:01:29 PM PDT by sig226 (Obama '08 - No, You Can't.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If that is this wednesday, I can’t make it, I have an appointment. However, next week would be could for a world ending, I am not booked for anything, and the plus side is, we won’t ever have to worry about Obamaosama being President! Always a silver lining in there.


26 posted on 09/08/2008 6:14:30 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Free ThinkerNY

wall street journal headline:

world to end wednesday, stock market expected to take a hit


27 posted on 09/08/2008 6:36:04 PM PDT by isom35
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To: sig226

Numbers beyond comprehending. Not that smart people can’t calculate it properly. But can anyone understand what it really means?


28 posted on 09/08/2008 6:37:31 PM PDT by sobieski
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I have a Trig Test on Friday.

Perfect timing!

29 posted on 09/08/2008 6:39:26 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Just say No to Lawyers! McCain/Palin '08)
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To: sobieski

We tried this in Texas: we had some glitches so we sent avocadoes and jalapenos going one way, tomatoes and onions the other, got great guacamole but also our funding pulled.

:(


30 posted on 09/08/2008 6:47:53 PM PDT by txhurl (Oooooooh.......Barracuda!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
“Dr Lyn Evans, who has been dubbed Evans the Atom...”

Perhaps he lives by Ffynnon Garw now:

“For some odd reason, lost in the mists of time, there's an extraordinary shortage of last names in Wales. Almost everyone seems to be a Williams, a Jones, or an Evans. To avoid widespread confusion, Welsh people often add an occupation to a name. For example, there was Williams the Petroleum, and Williams the Death. There was Jones the Bottle, and Jones the Prize Cabbage... which described his hobby and his personality. Evans the Bacon, and Evans the End of the World...”

31 posted on 09/08/2008 6:59:34 PM PDT by decal ("You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing.")
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To: Pablo64

I’m glad someone got it.


32 posted on 09/08/2008 8:09:27 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (For real change stop electing lawyers: Fighter-Pilot/Hockey-Mom '08.)
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To: BenLurkin

Then you’ve got one month to make your peace with God.

I wouldn’t bother writing a will.


33 posted on 09/09/2008 6:51:59 AM PDT by Rinnwald (On our side? Six hundred million screaming Chinamen)
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To: Boagenes

You caught that coincidence too.?


34 posted on 09/09/2008 7:11:21 AM PDT by xkaydet65 (Freedom is purchased not with gold, but with steel.)
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