Large Hadron Collider - How does it work?

Nice animation that explains how speed at some point reaches a maximum and from there on only changes in mass.
Let's hope they get their answers related to the Higgs particle and not end up swallowing the world in a black hole.

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+41 1. modder8her commented 14 years ago

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+20 2. Chumney_Warner commented 14 years ago

Awesome this is what snotr is for :)
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+10 3. yurtb commented 14 years ago

cool and simple video thanks mr snotr!
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+3 4. eddie2042 commented 14 years ago

this would be an awesome roller coaster hehe...

btw they're still trying to find the Graviton, the particle which is thought to be responsible for gravity. they say they're going to find it at the LHC.

i love physics :D
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0 5. Rexxae commented 14 years ago

Intresting really, I always wondered how the universe was made.. :O
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0 6. Chumney_Warner commented 14 years ago

#4 The LHC is for the higgs bosson, i think the graviton expieriements are down varius deep mine shafts around the world with detectors in tanks of water.

i love physics as well :)

What i dont like about physics is all the maths :D
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+11 7. timppi commented 14 years ago

this is the coolest shit.

#(removed comment) & #(removed comment) too many hard words?
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-1 8. TheIsingGuy commented 14 years ago

A misconception from the media, the LHC wants to discover the higg's boson, the source of mass, which would complete the current particle physics model. A gauge field coupling to the Yang-Mills model of weak force gives rise a "Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking" that gives a factor of mass squared in the equation of motion, which was massless before the coupling.
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-2 9. MiNo commented 14 years ago

The protons are going to go through each other.
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-2 10. donatelo commented 14 years ago

cool...beam me up scotty
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+7 11. archis commented 14 years ago

To whom of those scientists should I sent my crowbar?
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+2 12. h4x0r commented 14 years ago

My god, it's full of stars!
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-5 13. MakeTnotWar commented 14 years ago

2001 - nice one No. 15
And short before they find the answers to the last big questions of the universe the USA heated up the planet so much that we all go extinct.
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+1 14. Bahira commented 14 years ago

Just keep bread away from this thing it cant handle bread.
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0 15. Gringo_el_Diablo commented 14 years ago

Gigidy-Gigidy-God Particle!! :(|)

All you need is:
1. PVC Tubes
2. AA Batteries
3. Refrigerator Magnets
4. Adams!
= Backyard Black Holes! :O
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-2 16. kainim commented 14 years ago

99.9% speed of light, i do i want to know how many G's that is? yes, yes i do :)
+anyone ever wondered, when they collide you have to add up both speeds to know what the impact is, which means its almost twice the speed of light, if you follow that you cannot exceed speed of light, (if you reach it your mass becomes infinite) so this should mean their mass becomes infinite
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-1 17. eupatriot commented 14 years ago

@16, you've got a really good point/theory :)
makes one think!

Also #8 is right, they are looking for the higgs boson particle (god particle).

Good video
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+6 18. Xeromyr commented 14 years ago


It may seem like two objects traveling near the speed of light colliding together may be able to achieve this, but it takes an infinite amount of energy to reach the speed of light. And two objects colliding at near the speed of light does not equate to infinite energy, nor does the rapid deceleration of the two objects traveling in two different directions equate to any object traveling faster than the speed of light in any direction. The objects are subject to extreme diminishing returns.

It's like driving a car with its head lights on. Lets say that light travels at 186,000 miles per second, and the car is traveling .001 miles per second, this does not mean that the beam of light is traveling at 186,000.001 miles/s. The light still has a maximum -total- velocity of 186,000 miles/s.

This means that if you were in a car traveling at 185,999.999 miles/s, and you turned your head lights on, you could actually watch the beam of light slowly grow ahead of you at a speed of .001 miles per second.
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-2 19. SixaxisDualshock commented 14 years ago

#18 Add to that: #16 even tries to compare speed to acceleration. Obviously not the brightest chap around..
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0 20. archis commented 14 years ago

''This means that if you were in a car traveling at 185,999.999 miles/s, and you turned your head lights on, you could actually watch the beam of light slowly grow ahead of you at a speed of .001 miles per second.''
No you would not notice light slowly passing you at speed .001. You would see it passing by at speed of light no matter what speed are you traveling. That's the only absolute thing in our world - speed of light.
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+3 21. Jakester88 commented 14 years ago

This reminds me of

This is the most interesting video i've seen on snotr for a while, keep it up!
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-1 22. blackd commented 14 years ago

#18 actually #20 is right if you were able to see the head lights beam as in slow motion this will mean that you will see any light source like that. This will well make you live very hard :).

Luckily from your perspective when you flip that switch the lights will go instantly on, because the time you exist in will be slowed.
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+3 23. nooitaf (admin) commented 14 years ago

since when can we see light that comes from our viewpoint ?!?
we are only able to see reflected light, thus light coming back.
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+1 24. liverpoolboy commented 14 years ago

#12 Great commet #(removed comment) interesting stuff fella. Global warming is big bucks, someones making big money, Have to look out for that news. #16 Its back to relativity school for you mate, you have missed a lesson somewhere
#18 SORRY DUDE... WRONG NICE TRY BUT WRONG. Your space that you would occupy going that fast would shrink and so no matter even if you got that close to the speed of light you would still measure the same speed.
#20 sorry just read your answered it better...Relativity is such a easy concept but so hard to explain cos it goes against common sense.

This is the best vid i have seen on snotr....More please

To all.. good comments even if there wrong thoughts are good. ;) ;)
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-4 25. badboy007 commented 14 years ago

WHAT the hell does this even do and why is it on here?
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0 26. Xeromyr commented 14 years ago

@20, @22, @24

I see your points. I'll admit that my analogy is incorrect. I was absent minded about the slowing down of time as your acceleration increases from 0.

But there still remains the blue and red shifts. The "tinting" of the color spectrum that would occur if you were traveling at near the speed of light.

The objects you are approaching would appear blue in color, and the objects you are leaving would behind appear red in color.

Thanks for the the reminder. :)

In any case, two objects traveling at near the speed of light, then colliding, will not equate to infinite mass. Period.
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0 27. angrytattedguy commented 14 years ago

Very amazing I was wondering how this monster worked besides the simple it smashes shit together exp on tv. I think it's even funnier that people were actually concerned about the creation of mini black holes on earth its like dude were on the brim of a supermassive blackhole in the center of our galaxy get over it.
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+1 28. kainim commented 14 years ago

#19, i didn't quite do that, you obviously don't know what i mean, but thats ok, i KNOW you can't do that, but i meant to show that if you think that way you could see why a lot of people think the LHC will create a blackhole... get it now no need to say i'm dumb, just missunderstanding
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-2 29. Zebedee commented 14 years ago

#(removed comment) You're wrong. Your argument is rubbish.
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-1 30. jaappaap commented 14 years ago

If you enjoy science video's have a look at The snotr video above was also posted here but quite a bit earlier. See also this video also on the LHC:
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0 31. Selfdestruct commented 14 years ago

Cool video but lets hope these brainiacs dont create a black hole especially
if it;s being tested in Dec 2012.
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+1 32. denniscav commented 14 years ago

Due to glancing collisions instead of head-on between the protons traveling in near opposite directions in the LHC, the resultant particles that result will not be the same or, perhaps even similar to those that were formed during, and immediately following, the 'Big Bang'.
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-2 33. badboy007 commented 14 years ago

#(removed comment) get a life lol writing that much
who even cares...
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+1 34. edelros commented 14 years ago

Great documentary on the LHC ! Crisp and easily understandable ! I like it so much that I want to have a copy of it in my laptop for reference. How can this be made possible ? Thanks and more power
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+1 35. jurb commented 14 years ago for more LHC and other science video's. Great Site! Thanks jaapaap.
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0 36. Dachabs commented 14 years ago

well im gonna go to bed smarter today
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+1 37. mandabrot commented 13 years ago

Are u listening to yourself? the comments you all posts on here, is like one mind expressing it self. we all know the big question here. but ignore it like a disgusting site. why do we all talk around the main question. if these so called great minds of all nations contributing on a journey to the abyss of concepts. have they really thought about that one math question? 100 percent is no where close to equaling to 99.9. That point one percent. yet so mi-nute in making a whole. but with just one whole, it is magnificent in meaning. are they really making a collider? such an easy math question. if they want to reproduce the big bang, this is no way of doing it. am pretty sure when the big bang, if it did happen. the particles would be accelerating at the speed of light. With the speed of light as an very important factor in this process. i could easily be convince that the ramifications would have more profound outcome. so how did these particles initially get accelerated. without its own hlc? just like u guys am talking mumbo jumbo.
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0 38. santhihere commented 13 years ago

Wow it a lot ..informational