Putting your hand in the Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider is slinging 300 trillion protons at 99.9999991% of the speed of light. It could answer momentous scientific mysteries of our universe. But what if you jam your hand into it? Watch scientists struggle to answer.

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+57 1. ArmlessSoldier commented 14 years ago

particle physics give me a hadron...oh yeah :D
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+16 2. Cavabardus commented 14 years ago

Made a visit, there, years ago.
If you have the occasion, do it too : people there are really as clear in their explanations than these guys in the video.

And my favourite symbol is Psi.
Or alpha.
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+14 3. 13wallace13 commented 14 years ago

My favourite symbol is the Bat symbol
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+11 4. eupatriot commented 14 years ago

This is some really good mind-expanding talk!
Interesting to hear different scientists explanations on the questions the interviewer has asked.

Def. Thumbs up Video. :)
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+12 5. Baboon commented 14 years ago

this is amazing I like to watch them talking for houuuuuuuuurs
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+6 6. Dazzz69 commented 14 years ago

@3 mine is the high hat
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+33 7. WhiteFurry commented 14 years ago

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+6 8. Bahira commented 14 years ago

Can anyone point me to the rest of the videos in this series i love this.
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+6 9. Highmeadow commented 14 years ago

#7 - Interesting... thanks for the link.
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+3 10. jesus commented 14 years ago

I know, but I'm not telling!
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+5 11. Pizzathehutt26 commented 14 years ago

That sounds like maybe you shouldn't put your hand in it after reading post no #7's link.
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+6 12. NotFirst commented 14 years ago

I like the answer given at 6:32-6:37
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+8 13. huldu commented 14 years ago

It was fun to watch them explaining or trying to explain what might happen in a certain scenario.
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+8 14. prankphonecall commented 14 years ago

Sounds like a mission for mythbusters!
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+8 15. Motanum commented 14 years ago

#8 http://www.youtube.com/user/sixtysymbols?feature=chclk

Thats their youtube channel! Very interesting stuff!
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+3 16. Oddi commented 14 years ago

I like the bra too..im stil thinkin for the cket tho
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+6 17. makbeth commented 14 years ago

I like the way they openly laugh at a few of the questions:)
This is what happens when a creative mind and a scientific mind meet. The creative asks for answers to impossible curcumstances, and the scientist instead of answering explains why there is no answer.
You would be better off asking Michael Bay, less informative perhaps, but you would probably get the crazy hypohetical answer you seek.
He may not have a clue, but he can entertain:)
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+2 18. leonoidio commented 14 years ago

the scientist in 1:41 looks like stewe griffin :P
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+6 19. Lokien commented 14 years ago

Well first of all your hand cannot physically be there because the whole place is a vaccum so that the protons dont collide into air particles while being accelereated. Your hand would explode.

Assuming it was, 300 trillion protons have a mass of 0.00000000000000050107863 kg and going at 99.9999991% of the speed of light theyd have a kinetic energy of 0.0022549 J. I think. Thats not alot of energy, and they probably wouldnt penetrate the sweat on ur palm.

This is assuming no irradtiation effects ofcourse (which will happen when protons start pushing stuff out of nuclei)
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+2 20. lockandload commented 14 years ago

interesting stuff :)
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+1 21. c2quad commented 14 years ago

#19 ok we understood you are son of stephen hawkings But i say they can do it with a mouse or some other living thing to figure out what happens
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+3 22. nooitaf (admin) commented 14 years ago

the girls like me :D
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+3 23. snotr_fan commented 14 years ago

i was wondering the whole video where these interviews take place and its where i am right now!!! university of nottingham!
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+3 24. sirval commented 14 years ago

The big bang theory in real life
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+1 25. hdwg commented 14 years ago

So basically you "smart guys" don't have an answer.
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+4 26. Deblaauwn commented 14 years ago

Quite a shock going from the instant 8:14 to 8:38 :D
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+3 27. makbeth commented 13 years ago

#21 and #25, its not that the "smart" guys dont have an answer, its that the stupid guys are talking nonsense.
Its like asking what would happen if the planet swiched places with the sun, or what would happen if time spontaneously started going backwards.
The only answer to questions like these are that we would have to throw out every physics book ever written because they have all just been proven wrong.
All they can do is tell you what current theory would be most applicable to your wildly inconsistant scenario.