it is why It makes me sad when people do the old "oh this is a waste of money" kind of posts. It shows not an educated or even a well thought out
opinion, an opinion borne of ignorance.
Same thing, lots of people talk about cancer research needing the money the most. Truth be told, we absolutely want a good amount of money for cancer
research, but you know what is very sad? The fact that most of the big charities spend 50-70% of their income from donations, on the generation of
more money in the form of donations.
It basically means they are wasting money and in general are not being effective.
Plus, most cancer research is extremely well funded, because the potential payoff for a discovery is so great for mankind.
It is a moot argument.
What did the LHC do for the good of people?
Try computing... before the LHC project, the concept of large scale grid computing was really in its infancy. It was very small scale, the technology
was developed because of the need to analyze data that was coming in at vast rates. who benefits now from this technology? Medical... Medical is good
for mankind right? No?
The world wide web was born at cern, because while data transfer and wired connections between computers was developed first by bell labs, it was
clear that everyone had their one protocols and getting two computers running different software to talk to one another was a difficult task. Thus www
was developed as a standard protocol... the fact we are talking about all this is partially thanks to cern. You like sharing cat pictures with amusing
quotes on them right? No?
The LHC is the largest concentration of 'cold' on the earth. The super conducting magnets require supreme cold in order to function... this technology
existed in only small part... so why is that important? Well the development of these magnet showed technologists that it is possible to do it, and
how... this has resulted in the upgrading of many backbone technologies where some sections of high throughput power plants are being replaced by
super conductors to allow better efficiency. The idea being that people can have more power and not worry about the grid burning out when everyone
gets up to put the coffee at the same time. You like to have power in your house right? No?
On the same lines, thanks to the T2K experiment choosing a novel technology to detect photons from fibres, a new device was deemed worthy of further
development by several companies around the world. While T2K only wanted some 40,000 devices, it was enough of a demand for HPK to develop and produce
a device. These devices are now being put into PET scanners because they are better than current technology, cheaper, less prone to failures and give
more efficient data per dosage, meaning the doctors can give a patient less of a dose and get better data that current. These devices also allow
combined PET NMR machines to be developed, which could result in more machines being available in a smaller space and require less power. You would
like to be able to know if you have something wrong with you? No?
Oh but wait? yeah neutrino and higgs experiments are a waste of time right? yeah, my mistake.
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