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The Cernier Company or CERN, the world’s largest physics research firm, is currently in the process of building what would be the world’s largest working supercollider. Known as “Large Hadron Collider,” or LHC, the device is 27 kilometers (16.7 miles) long and resides in a tunnel approximately 100 meters beneath the Franco-Swiss border, just outside of Geneva.
By accelerating protons toward each other at 99.999999% the speed of light the LHC can recreate conditions similar to those that resulted from the Big Bang, ultimately alighting a great deal about the particles and forces that comprise our Universe.
And while Physicists have the logistics of the LHC well in hand ideas about its outcome are strictly theoretical. According to one scenario tiny black holes could be produced which hopefully would decay into what is known as Hawking radiation (the tinier the black hole, the faster it evaporates). If these black holes fail to decay, however, the consequences could be disasterous.
Originally posted by LockwithnoKey
Bringing into existence the greatest destructive force that we know of in space. And, even knowing the potential consequences, we are to proceed at the speed of mind.
Originally posted by AcesInTheHole
I guess it's human nature to push the limits. One day we might regret that...
Recall the Superconducting Super Collider? Cancelled in 1993, it was going to be built in Texas and have a third more power than the Large Hadron Collider. It doesn't seem very judicious to be playing with this . . maybe it will reveal some long sought secrets of the universe. Maybe it will result in a new revelation about our place in the universe, meaning of life, sentience, morality, God. Wouldn’t that be nice?
The Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) was a ring particle accelerator which was planned to be built in the area around Waxahachie, Texas. It was planned to have a ring circumference of 87 km (54 miles) and an energy of 20 TeV per beam, potentially enough energy to create a Higgs boson, a particle predicted by the Standard Model, but not yet detected.
The system was first envisioned in the December 1983 National Reference Designs Study, which examined the technical and economic feasibility of a machine with the design capacity of 20 TeV per beam. After an extensive Department of Energy review during the mid-1980s, a site selection process began in 1987. The project was awarded to Texas in November 1988 and major construction began in 1991. Seventeen shafts were sunk and 23.5 km (14.6 miles) of tunnel were bored by late 1993.
During the design and the first construction stage, a heated debate ensued about the high cost of the project. In 1987, Congress was told the project could be completed for $4.4 billion, but by 1993 the cost projection exceeded $12 billion. A recurrent argument was the contrast with NASA's contribution to the International Space Station (ISS), which was of similar amount. Critics of the project argued the US could not afford both of them . . in 1993, Clinton attempted to prevent the cancellation by requesting that Congress continue "to support this important and challenging effort" because "abandoning the SSC at this point would signal that the United States is compromising its position of leadership in basic science..."
After the project was canceled, the main site was deeded to Ellis County, Texas and the county tried numerous times to sell the property. The property was sold in August of 2006 to an investment group led by the late J.B. Hunt. While owned by Ellis County, the site was used for several different purposes, including the production of Jean-Claude Van Damme's 1999 movie "Universal Soldier: The Return."