●Switzerland: Whooops – a helium leak in the LHC machine – just a month to get it up to temprature from absolute zero to fix it
You may have heard about the amazing experiment that has taken 10 years to put together.
“If you keep an eye on the big picture, we’ve been building the machine for 20 years” James Gillies – Cern’s [CERN] director of communications. [BBCNews online]
“The most powerful physics experiment ever built” – CERN
[It took 7 years [seven!] for Thabo Umbeki’s soft diplomacy to get some action from Mugabe] [And Mugabe took 20 years to do something about the land issue]. [It took 200? years to abolish slavery]
A 27 kilometres long [16.8 miles], circular tunnel was excavated under ground [imagine a dough nut] & cooled – as the superconducting magnets have got to be at absolute zero.
A group of scientists are wanting to study what happened at the point of the big bang – the birth of the universe – in ultra miniature assimilated conditions and as outer space is at a temperature of, absolute zero, they had to fill the tunnel with helium to bring the temperature down to −273.15C [-427.8F?] [“Superconducting magnets are cooled down using liquid helium” – LINK]
Absolute zero is the lowest possible temperature where nothing could be colder and no heat energy remains in a substance. Absolute zero is the point at which molecules do not move (relative to the rest of the body) more than they are required to by a quantum mechanical effect called zero-point energy.
By international agreement, absolute zero is defined as precisely 0 K on the Kelvin scale, which is a thermodynamic (absolute) temperature scale, and −273.15 on the Celsius (centigrade) scale.
Source Wikipedia – LINK
Photo/top: The Large Hadron Collider [LHC] at CERN1 – THE Accelerator LINK
No credits for the photographer/s that I could find [bloody marvellous – such gorgeous images and no names of who took them – I wonder why there is generally such disrespect for photographer’s work by not naming who they are? Why does a text writer get credits and not the image maker – after all an image is worth at least a thousand words!]
I heard on the news today [BBC Wold News] that a plug caught fire and helium leaked out of the contraption – which means to fix it, will take a month for the temperature to be brought back up to the point where they can fix it and then another month to take it back down to absolute zero. The spokesperson mentioned that it was a costly repair!
[not as costly as the “war against terrorism” a billion plus dollars a day for bleep sake – & governments wont talk to them! I recall reading a book a while ago that mentioned the many of the most powerful families in the states are connected to the army and the administration [civil service] by them marrying each other. Who are the weapons manufacturers, who owns them? Who are the dealers, go betweens? Who are the people benefiting from the conflict? History keeps showing that wars don’t stop as it’s making people loads of money – just like the slave trade – why it took so long to stop and why the US had a civil war over it was that it was too lucrative – I’d say! when you’ve got free labour – slave labour still goes on today – Sex slaves for starters – guess what? It’s a multi billion dollar industry – Let’s start by legalising sex work – let’s stop being bigots about the so called oldest profession in the world – spouting morality for bleep sake! They legalised dope in Holland and the nation hasn’t fallen apart – in fact its a great tourist attraction & it got rid of the dope dealers]
[I’m on a circular rant and rave to day :-)]
“It’s a fantastic moment,” said LHC project leader Lyn Evans, “we can now look forward to a new era of understanding about the origins and evolution of the universe.” – Source: Press release
First beam in the LHC accelerating science – LINK
LINK – CERN web site – brilliant stuff on it – one can spend ages peroozing
LINK – What happened to the Big Bang machine? By Paul Rincon – Science reporter, BBC News Online + lots of links to more info
“If you keep an eye on the big picture, we’ve been building the machine for 20 years ” James Gillies – Cern’s [CERN] director of communications [BBC News online]
LINK – Tim Berners-Lee – he invented/put together the internet @ CERN way back in the early days when he worked there. [wikipedia? sorry]
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The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) of Cape Town, Invites you to attend a seminar – “Building Bridges with Cricket: The Legacy of Bob Woolmer” – on Tuesday 30th September 2008 – All are welcome and entry is free.
UPDATE: as soon as the transcript of the seminar is ready i will post the link to it! [1st October ’08]
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●World Wide Web – too full of misinfomation [ie loads of old twottle & rubbish] so says creator of www://Tim Berners-Lee [Sir]
The internet needs a way to help people separate rumour from real science, says the creator of the World Wide Web. [heard on BBC world radio this morning – in the news]
Talking to BBC News Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was increasingly worried about the way the web has been used to spread disinformation.
Source: Pallab Ghosh – [Science correspondent, BBC News]
LINK To article – Warning sounded on web’s future
Photo: by Pashasha [Flickr] with good caption about Tim BL
VIVA! Tim Berners-Lee VIVA!
A debt of gratitude goes out to you, Tim Berners-Lee!
If you didn’t know who this man was you’d never guess that he is one of THE super geeks – I believe he developed the web when he was working at CERN, where the Large Hadron Collider lab is. He came up with the www so that all the scientists could communicate with each other. [This could be a load of old rubbish of course]
need to check – now where do i go to check this?…………
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[South African] vitamin pill magnate Matthias Rath has pulled out of his gruelling legal case against me and the Guardian. He bought full page adverts denouncing Aids drugs while promoting his vitamin pills in South Africa, a country where hundreds of thousands die every year from Aids under an HIV denialist president and the population is ripe for miracle cures. I said his actions were highly worrying, in no uncertain terms. I believe I was right to do so.
Link – full article – Bad Science blog – loads of other bad science claims exposed
LINK – Fall of the doctor who said his vitamins would cure Aids by Sarah Boseley, health editor The Guardian
LINK – Dr Rath Health Foundation [Matthias Rath]
LINK – Wikipedia Matthias Rath
LINK – Wikipedia article by Dr Rath Health Foundation
UPDATE – 14.9.08
LINK – Speaking gigs this week in London, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday..
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●Trees: exquisite magnificent beings – breeeath in the tranquillity – thanks to these brilliant photographers’ images
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Cupcakes that brighten up yr day! Just looking at them made me smile
Each one is unique – they look too good to eat don’t they
These baked gems are designed and created by Lucia & Luz, Architect students from Buenos Aires Argentina
What a delightful gift to give someone – the problem is – I wouldn’t be able to eat them – they look to good
They are designed & produced in their factoría de cupcakes [cupcake factory]
Photos & styling: Lucia & Luz
LINK – Look at all the others they have made – they call them” bombalistic colour-balls” – “very de-stressfuling and joy giving, to bake and decorate cupcakes!”
Photo & creator by Chotda – LINK to see all the others
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Whether in life or in a specific undertaking, there will undoubtedly be times when you achieve genuine progress, only to come up against a wall or feel yourself regressing. There will be times when you just need to stop and rest. Such are the vicissitudes inherent to any struggle. When you challenge to achieve something, be ready to face the unexpected.
● Quote by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda
● Photo: by Retinol Mediterranean Summer (flickr)
LINK – Daily Quotes
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Cartoon by Morten Morland – curtecy Times on line
An architect told me that the birds nest stadium is a technical marvel but utterly not green – the power it requires to run would power the whole of Cape Town!
Naaaa it can’t be
The architects are a couple of Swiss chaps – Herzog & De Meuron
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