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Re: Scientist trying to end the world?

Postby Canucks_Fantasy » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:11 pm

aaawall91 wrote:I fail to understand how this will benefit us practically, but I guess a better understanding of the universe will benefit in the long run.

I ain't skerd by no holey thing ;-D


Let the Scientists have their fun. They need to have some once in a while.

(I know they're useful, I'm just too dumb to comprehend their use.)
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Re: Scientist trying to end the world?

Postby Dan Lambskin » Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:17 am

so using this device, could Gallagher smash fruit atom by atom?
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Re: Scientist trying to end the world?

Postby RiffRaff » Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:38 pm

How much time do we have. I'm ready. :-°
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Re: Scientist trying to end the world?

Postby Guru13 » Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:51 am

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080910/ap_on_sc/big_bang

yikes, says they've completed tests and are now trying to recreate conditions a second after the theorized 'big bang'...why would you want to do that?!?!?!?!?!?!
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Re: Scientist trying to end the world?

Postby JasonSeahorn » Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:55 am

FantasyFutballGuru13 wrote:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080910/ap_on_sc/big_bang

yikes, says they've completed tests and are now trying to recreate conditions a second after the theorized 'big bang'...why would you want to do that?!?!?!?!?!?!


To test theories about particle physics and the laws of the universe in general so that we can better understand how it works and take advantage of that knowledge for our benefit. If scientists didn't do these types of experiments 100-200 years ago, we wouldn't have things like electricity, cars, machinery, and almost everything we have today. The scales are different but the ideas are the same...some understanding of how the universe works gained from experiments like this could lead to a new power source or engine in the future, like how learning about atoms and electrons in the past led to computers today.
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Re: Scientist trying to end the world?

Postby knapplc » Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:01 pm

FantasyFutballGuru13 wrote:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080910/ap_on_sc/big_bang

yikes, says they've completed tests and are now trying to recreate conditions a second after the theorized 'big bang'...why would you want to do that?!?!?!?!?!?!

Essentially they're playing a game of hide-and-seek. The Higgs Bosun is currently hiding. We're going to find it.

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Re: Scientist trying to end the world?

Postby jayday » Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:40 pm

knapplc wrote:
FantasyFutballGuru13 wrote:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080910/ap_on_sc/big_bang

yikes, says they've completed tests and are now trying to recreate conditions a second after the theorized 'big bang'...why would you want to do that?!?!?!?!?!?!

Essentially they're playing a game of hide-and-seek. The Higgs Bosun is currently hiding. We're going to find it.

;-)

Hawking said we won't...Link.

He even dropped a C-note on it. Serious wagering going on. ;-7
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Re: Scientist trying to end the world?

Postby knapplc » Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:20 pm

I'm well aware of Hawking's wager. It's been pretty big news in the astrophysics world ever since they started building this monstrosity.

I don't know what to think. Clearly there is more mass out there than we are able to detect. Whether that's from things like God Particles or other dimensions or whatever, it exists, or our models of the universe are laughably wrong.

With all there is to find out in this field, I'd believe just about anything right now. Possibilities are wide open.
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Re: Scientist trying to end the world?

Postby Simulacrum » Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:17 pm

Personally I'm far more interested in exactly what is contained inside of dark matter. Dark Matter is a substance that occupies 90% of our universe, but we can't even see the form of it with our inferior human eyes and crappy technology!

I'm going to sound like a fruit loop here but I'll just say it anyway. My secret theory is that our universe is actually the inside of an atom, just one tiny part of god knows what else. Doesn't it sound like it would make sense? An atom is almost entirely vacant space, with only tiny pieces of matter such as the nucleus floating around inside of it.

Have any of you guys seen "What the BLEEP"? Super powered microscopes are now capable of taking photographs of the nucleus of an atom- and proving that it is in multiple places at the same time. 8-o I can't really even get my mind around that. Apparently matter is only a "possibility". X-I
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Re: Scientist trying to end the world?

Postby knapplc » Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:41 pm

You should read up on string theory - it's a lot of fun.

But to get to your point, yeah - everything is made of nothing. Your hand resting on your mouse... you feel that contact, right? But they're not touching. Matter never touches. Matter is made up of atoms, which as you point out is made up of 90% nothing. That other 10% is so tiny and moves around so fast that it looks solid, but it isn't. All you're doing is pressing the energy of the atoms of your hand up against the energy of the atoms of the mouse, and the collision of those two energy fields is what you feel as touch.
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