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

by zentara (Archbishop)
on Oct 06, 2008 at 11:26 UTC ( #715554=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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Bugorski was taken to a clinic in Moscow so that doctors could observe his death over the following two to three weeks.

The question becomes, did the accelerator actually malfunction, or were they looking for a guinea pig......"heh Anatoli... stick your head in there and see what the noise is" :-)

In the recent documentary on the LHC (Discovery Channel?), they talked about "quenches", where magnetic containment can be lost in microseconds, and the safety procedures to avoid it. The interviewee said the beam would bust out of the LHC and penetrate 100 meters of rock. Anyone standing in it's path would die immediately ( but would not vaporize.....thats a relief :-) )


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by moritz (Cardinal) on Oct 06, 2008 at 11:35 UTC
    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 ;-)

      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
      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.
Re^3: Using the Large Hadron Collider is likely to produce ...
by swampyankee (Parson) on Oct 06, 2008 at 15:25 UTC

    One of my college profs (in the early 70's) told an anecdote about a researcher at Fermi Lab who decided to visit the target chamber while the accelerator was running (it was his experiment!). He did not long survive.


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