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Three new colliders will change the game in the coming decades. Chief among them is the Future Circular Collider (FCC)—a 100km tunnel encircling Geneva, which will use the 27km LHC as a slipway. Instead of protons, the colliders will smash together electrons and their antiparticles, positrons, at much higher speeds than the LHC could achieve.
Unlike protons, electrons and positrons are indivisible, so we’ll know exactly what we’re colliding. We’ll also be able to vary the energy at which the two collide, to produce specific antimatter particles, and measure their properties, particularly the way they decay, much more accurately.
the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, launching in 2021, will revolutionize the way that we detect habitable exoplanets.
Unlike previous telescopes, which measure the dip in a star’s light as an orbiting planet passes in front of it, James Webb will use an instrument called a coronagraph to block the light from a star entering the telescope. This works in much the same way as using your hand to block sunlight from entering your eyes. The technique will allow the telescope to directly observe small planets that would ordinarily be overwhelmed by the bright glare of the star they orbit.
A new mission called Europa Clipper, set for launch in 2025, will confirm whether a sub-surface ocean exists and identify a suitable landing site for a subsequent mission. It will also observe jets of liquid water fired out from the planet’s icy surface to see if any organic molecules are present.
This is not an area of discovery where you want an "OH S#!" moment!!
originally posted by: jjkenobi
That seems like an excellent use of billions of dollars.
I do not know how we are going to ever get out of this solar system unless there are big changes in our perceptions of how things work...? Are these colliders a step in understanding and applying some new force we can tap into or is it like the end of the world ? All I can say is I hope any " Oh Sh!t" moment is of the good kind for I do hope our destiny is among the stars and not as some remnant (ie) dust particle after we blow the earth up .
originally posted by: sooth
I have a sneaking suspicion that the human race will go extinct sometime this century. Our technological capacity has begun to far outpace our wisdom to wield it.