Scientists Looking for the Force Finally Put CERN’s Large Hadron Collider to Good Use

Scientists Looking for the Force Finally Put CERN’s Large Hadron Collider to Good Use

In theory, when physicists turn on the tons of machinery inside the Akira-like LHC 17-mile-long ring in 2008, they will be able to produce the Higgs boson. Observing it could confirm many physicist predictions and “missing links” in the Standard Model, which is a physics theory that aims to describe how elementary particles interact with each other. It’s either that or destroy the planet. We can go either way (actually, although it was a joke, CERN just wrote back saying that they don’t want to destroy the planet. Thankfully, Jeff Vader doesn’t work there.)

The existence of the Higgs particle, also called the God Particle, has only been predicted so far. It was first proposed by University of Edinburgh physicist Peter Higgs in 1965, after coming from a walk on the mountains. If confirmed by the LHC, it could bring scientists closer to the Grand Unified Theory, “which seeks to unify three of the four fundamental forces.”

The Force can also explain why the fourth, gravity, is weak compared to the other three: electromagnetism, strong force, and weak force. I guess the strong force is the good one and the weak force is really the Dark Side. I don’t know. I’m lost now, so I’m just going to list other of the cool stuff that the LHC will produce: strangelets, micro black holes, magnetic monopoles and supersymmetric particles.

One thought on “Scientists Looking for the Force Finally Put CERN’s Large Hadron Collider to Good Use

  1. Saul Wall

    “I guess the strong force is the good one and the weak force is really the Dark Side.”

    It seems that you have yet to feel the power of the Dark Side.

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