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Plan for Europe's huge new particle collider takes shape

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I wouldn’t wanna be nearby that.

Sudden booms and whiff of orange smoke…

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Fascinating and a better use of money than building bombs. The prospects of what it will uncover is intriguing and frustrating as well, as I somehow doubt I will be around to learn of them.

We truly live in a scientific golden age of discovery that I suspect every educated and intelligent person in the future will wish they had been here to experience it.

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Man 10,000 years ago: “Let’s smash things together and see what happens

Man in 2024: “Let’s smash things together and see what happens”

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One day the collider built will be size of Earth. Going for the Dyson sphere sooner or later ?

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What's the purpose of this useless expensive thing? Giving the Arabs and Africans who take over the continent a toy in hand they cannot handle? Or giving it as retaliation for this taking over so they will blow themselves up shortly after the Europeans have faded away? Whatever of this options it is, better spare the money for the few remaining years.

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Be careful boffins, who knows what could happen. Will demonic force use this a portal, or maniacal aliens with ill intent from a dimension unknown to man? Granted these are highly unlikely scenarios, yet not impossible.

Please proceed with caution.

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The world's largest particle collide is a serious scientific instrument. You must understand that it is wholly inappropriate to use it as a maturation machine. That's how I lost my job at cern. But man it was worth it.

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People aim for great things in life. However they dont aim for peace, helping others, preventing crimes and deseases they build colliders and seek supernatural powers and money and immortality.

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I'm actually glad that all idiotic comments there got a lot of negative points :) .

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It could have been built in the United States of America, but political shortsightedness doomed it.

The USA’s loss is Europe’s gain.

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A lot of "I don't understand this, so its bad" going on here. The knowledge that could be forthcoming from such an endeavor could benefit us all. This isn't just a game to spend money on.

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yamada1043Today 02:54 am JST

It could have been built in the United States of America, but political shortsightedness doomed it.

The USA’s loss is Europe’s gain.

I mean, should you discover any more silly particles they will be published in the literature for everyone to access.

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The knowledge that could be forthcoming from such an endeavor could benefit us all

tell me about it. Year 2024 a big part of the world is struggling even getting proper medical checkup and earning enough for food, wars are everywhere and psychopaths and narcissists are overflowing will that collider change any of that?

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And so much bullying, gender equality, child abuse, natural disasters etc etc who have benefited from what higher understanding or particle knowledge exactly here on this earth?

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Be careful boffins, who knows what could happen. Will demonic force use this a portal, or maniacal aliens with ill intent from a dimension unknown to man? Granted these are highly unlikely scenarios, yet not impossible.

Yeah right. Just more conspiracy theories:

"Among other media sources, CNN mentioned that "Some have expressed fears that the [LHC] project could lead to the Earth's demise, but it assured its readers with comments from scientists like John Huth, who said that it was "baloney"

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safety_of_high-energy_particle_collision_experiments

Whilst out and about you might want to drop into a bookshop and buy this:

How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch: In Search of the Recipe for Our Universe

By Harry Cliff

https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/55333564

It's an excellent read. No air-fryer required.

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Granted these are highly unlikely scenarios

Yes they are impossible, someone has read too much science fiction and not enough science.

Yuuju, seeking to ameliorate these conditions and carrying out fundamental research are not mutually exclusive. The fundamental research of the past is what underlies the technology that in the last 300 years has enabled billions of people across the world to be lifted out of a subsistence existence, allowed access to information and education, saved them from disease and death not to mention enabled you to make these erroneous comments!

seek supernatural powers and money and immortality.

What “supernatural powers” any discovery from the study of nature and the nature of the universe we live in is by definition Natural. If you have any understanding of basic research you wouldn’t think they are going to get rich from it, and even a sort of immortality as being remembered for having done or discovered something of significance is some what limited these days as research nowadays involves teams of researchers rather than one brilliant individual.

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Yuuju, seeking to ameliorate these conditions and carrying out fundamental research are not mutually exclusive

Indeed, but how come there's always enough money and resources to build colliders, rockets to Mars, etc but no money the most urgent social problems?

The fundamental research of the past is what underlies the technology that in the last 300 years has enabled billions of people across the world to be lifted out of a subsistence existence, allowed access to information and education, saved them from disease and death not to mention enabled you to make these erroneous comments!

What does the collider have to do with research of the past, access to information and education, desease and death and me having the ability to voice up my point of view? The last one has definitely nothing to do with the collider! :D If I'm wrong, please, I'm ready to hear out your arguements. Please, explain the routes and ways the collider will boost education level in the world, cure deseases etc etc. I'm really really curious.

I'm satisfied with the current level of technology actually, not sure if its bad or good, but I dont need teleportation, colony on Mars, immortality and an iphone that looks like who knows what.

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