Skip to comments.Northern Japan quake has magnitude 7 - govt agency (more quakes today: Indonesia:6.6, Iran:6)
Posted on 09/10/2008 7:19:11 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Northern Japan quake has magnitude 7 - govt agency
11 Sep 2008 00:36:51 GMT
TOKYO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - An earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Thursday had a preliminary magnitude of 7, the meteorological agency said on Thursday.
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Clearly, the Large Hadron Collider is to blame. *eyeroll*
OH MY GOSH! It’s that stupid atom smasher!!!
Nope, you are wrong there, it is global warming AND the super collider, plus the Rove weather machine and the fact that the universe is pi**ed about Palin running for VP./SAR
We TOLD you the large hadron collider was going to destroy the world!!!
Don’t forget Steve Schmidt somewhere in there!!!
Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.
They started up the collider today, didn’t they? Hmmmmm...
日本＊ピング＊ (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)
Why roll your eyes? Do you understand what this thing is going to do?
Listen, I am the first to admit that I may be playing with a deck a couple of cards shy...but, can you help me understand this thing? Can anyone?
This is what I know; this won’t take long:
When we merely split one atom, we got a nuclear explosion, that leveled 2 cities.
Now we think it would be cool to fling these atoms around really, really fast, and then smash them into each other.
If a split atom blows up, what will 2 smashed, crashing atoms do?
This benefits humanity how?
You know, it sounds crazy, but it is one of those things that makes you go hmmm...
It doesn’t. It’s a gazillion dollar waste of money that will give a small group of nerds, pardon my french, a woody. They could have flung these particles around or entirely halted the spread of AIDS around the world...oh, wait, Europeans aren’t supposed to be altrustic, that’s America’s job.
Humanity will might use whatever they learn to build worse weapons than A bombs.
Humanity is pretty blah at times.
Sorry to bother you, guess you don’t know either.
CERN isn’t set up to “split atoms”.
More the reverse.
Today they warmed up by testing firing a proton beam around the collider in one direction.
They, they test-fired a proton beam the other direction.
The plan (to happen in a month or two): collide two proton beams head-first, directly into each other. Impacting the most dense particle we know of traveling at light speed, directly into another just like it traveling at light speed. Head on.
The resulting compression of matter, just might create a genuine black hole.
After which, it will be hungry.
Looking for food...
I don’t think you’re following the conversation. I didn’t say the LHC splits atoms.
In the early 80's, there was worry about the biotech industry unleashing havoc on the world. In reality, the nearly infinite number of living bacteria in the world are already doing massive experiments with random mutations which is in far excess of anything humans would create. And if there were a danger, it would be better to have it in a test tube first than to find it in the wild. It is better in the lab, because you know more about it and what to do about it.
The solar system is already doing the same experiment with proton proton collisions at nearly the speed of light that the collider is doing. If there is to be a mini black hole, I'd rather find it in the lab, instead of in the solar system because we might find out enough to deal with it in the lab.
Eyeroll goes here.
Don’t bash others for not doing your work for you.
Eye Roll here as well......
When we merely split one atom, we got a nuclear explosion, that leveled 2 cities.You didn’t “level 2 cities” by splitting one atom. If you split one Uranium-235 atom, all you’ll get is about 3.2 × 10-11 J. This means you would need to split 156,250,000,000 atoms to get enough energy to power an average 5W flashlight for one second. The point of an atom bomb is that splitting one atom sets of a chain reaction that will split an incredibly high number of other atoms, and that will level a city. In the LHC, no such chain reaction is going to happen, so…relax!
Well, that does ease my mind a bit. Thank you.
The spread of AIDS around the world is not going to stop until people stop "sleeping" with people they're not married to and stop poking their arms with needles that have poked other people's arms without sterilization.
We did not "split one atom". We split something on the order of a septillion (10 raised to the 24th) power of them, more or less, of them. But that is of little import.
We've been smashing particles into each other for several generations now. The only difference is now we'll be smashing heavier particles and they will be going faster (although due to relativistic effects not much faster percentage while, but with way more energy). Still one collision is no big bang, but it's the stuff that flies out of the collision that is of interest and can lead to new understandings of physics.
Someone once said it's like trying to learn about semiconductor electronics (transistors and integrated circuits) by smashing Buicks together and watch what comes flying out of the collision. :) But it's what has worked in the past.
The biggest "expected" outcome involves the discovery/confirmation of existence of something called the Higgs Boson. That in turn has, we think, something do with how things get their mass and thus also with gravity. All sorts of interesting, and beneficial, things could come from that.
I knew I asked the right people! FR always has intelligent people who thoughtfully explain issues to people like me, wanting to understand.
Thank you so much for your simple answer, to a simple person!
I do feel much better about it now, even if I can not grasp the full extent of the excitement, or knowledge that is gained by this experiment.