PODCAST #004 - CERN PROJECT
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic £7billion “atom-smashing” machine based at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Established in 1954, the organization takes base in a northwest suburb of Geneva on the Franco-Swiss border and has 23 member states. Switzerland was chosen to host CERN because of its neutrality and its safeguards against the misappropriation of scientific research results for military purposes.
The LHC is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. The machine consists of superconducting magnets that line a 27 kilometers loop, homed 300 feet below the ground. The LHC sends subatomic particles at the speed of light hurtling around the loop, in opposite directions, and then smashes them into each other. The curious machine also sports a 16-mile ring of superconducting magnets that critics claim it could inadvertently create a black hole with catastrophic consequences.
CERN denies this and even denies trying to change our weather, all while carrying out experiments to create artificial clouds. Their excuse? “To help us understand global warming better.” In September 2008, the LHC was fired up for the first time, and in 2012 it was responsible for the discovery of the God Particle. Higgs Boson is a particle that is said to be the particle that makes all matter and led to the creation of our universe. However, the experimentation with dark matter while opening portals in the Earth’s atmosphere is a source of worry for those who know what’s up.
ON THIS DELIVERY, I explain what the LHC is capable of plus some of the incidents around it. What are the potential dangers if this machine malfunctions? What is their ultimate goal?