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Re^3: Using the Large Hadron Collider is likely to produce ...

by moritz (Cardinal)
on Oct 06, 2008 at 11:35 UTC ( #715556=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Using the Large Hadron Collider is likely to produce ...
in thread Using the Large Hadron Collider is likely to produce ...

The interviewee said the beam would bust out of the LHC and penetrate 100 meters of rock.

Penetrating that much solid sounds scary, but it's not necessarily harmful. Some particles only interact weekly with matter. For example as we speak, several hundred or even thousand Neutrinos pass through me - scary. But not harmful.

Anyone standing in it's path would die immediately

That said, there are harmful cases as well ;-)


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Re^4: Using the Large Hadron Collider is likely to produce ...
by zentara (Archbishop) on Oct 06, 2008 at 11:41 UTC
    We are not only bombarded with neutrinos, we emanate them:

    Our body's 20 milligrams of beta radioactive Potassium 40, from foods like banannas, emit about 340 million neutrinos per day, which go at near lightspeed to the ends of the universe!..even thru the earth.

    Thats what I call a good glow

    Can you feel my radiance now? ;-)


    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth Remember How Lucky You Are
Re^4: Using the Large Hadron Collider is likely to produce ...
by JavaFan (Canon) on Oct 08, 2008 at 12:49 UTC
    Some particles only interact weekly with matter.
    Yeah, and those aren't scary. The scary bits are the ones that interact hourly, or even more frequently.

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