Are you and your children interested in our universe? Are you or your children fearful about an imminent Cosmic Implosion? Have no fear, it won’t happen for billions of years.I’ve compiled some very interesting, yet complicated information about some discoveries that are 40 years in the making, and will take yet another 4 or 5 years to potentially verify.
You heard about the big bang theory, right? Well, have you ever thought about how the universe will end? The press is now referring to a theory that indicates the end may come in a slurp.
Alan Boyle, a Science Editor, from NBC News has enlightened us in the NBC News Cosmic Log online on current insights and discoveries. The excerpt is below. I have included some additional definitions and links to more information, should you and your children want to learn more and reduce any fear encountered by the media hype.
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“Will our universe end in a ‘big slurp’? Higgs-like particle suggests it might”
“If the “Higgs-like particle” discovered last year is really the long-sought Higgs boson, the bad news is that its mass suggests the universe will end in a fast-spreading bubble of doom. The good news? It’ll probably be tens of billions of years before that particular doomsday arrives.”
Are you crinkling your forehead? Listen to this…
“Those figures can be factored into equations that point to the long-term fate of the universe, said Joseph Lykken, a theoretical physicist at Fermilab.”
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“If you use all the physics that we know now, and we do what we think is a straightforward calculation, it’s bad news,” Lykken said. “It may be that the universe we live in is inherently unstable. At some point, billions of years from now, it’s all going to be wiped out.”
“… we’re just at the edge of stability …”
What is the Large Hadron Collider, you say?
Here is an easy definition…
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It shoots the smallest particles in the universe down a long tube and gathers information.
It can be thought of as “one of the great engineering milestones of mankind”.
(In an interview of CalTech professor Harvey Newman by Computerworld UK – Gaudin, Sharon (2008-09-11). “Collider test called a ‘great milestone of mankind'”. Computerworld UK. Retrieved 18 February 2013.)
It is located on the border of Switzerland at CERN the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Construction was started in 1998.
Courtesy of Wikipedia… Here is their link to more information…
“A particle accelerator is a device that uses electromagnetic fields to propel charged particles to high speeds and to contain them in well-defined beams.”
If you want a more physics oriented description, go to this Wikipedia link…
You have another question? I don’t doubt it. You would like to know what the Higgs boson (particle) is?
The Higgs boson (particle – elementary particle) is so small that it is not known to be made up of smaller particles. It was originally speculated to exist in 1964. It’s existence may have been confirmed this year on March 14th.
The existence of this particle may confirm existing theories in physics, or determine the need for new ones.
You may have heard of this particle as the “God particle.” This reference is from the book, “The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?” This was published in 1993by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon M. Lederman and science writer Dick Teresi.
In today’s science, physicists continue to explain diligently the workings of our universe through particle physics. These particles may well be used to explain everything. Scientists searched for proof of these ultimately tiny particles in nature.
“If this field did exist, this would be a monumental discovery for science and human knowledge, and is expected to open doorways to new knowledge in many fields.”
Ever go to the website How Stuff Works? Johathan Strickland talks about the How the Large Hadron Collider Works.
He describes it thus…
“One hundred meters (or about 328 feet) underground, beneath the border between France and Switzerland, there’s a circular machine that might reveal to us the secrets of the universe. Or, according to some people, it could destroy all life on Earth instead. One way or another, it’s the world’s largest machine and it will examine the universe’s tiniest particles. It’s the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).”
Cernland is an interactive website for children to explore the universe and science.
“With a range of games, multimedia applications and films CERNland is the virtual theme park developed to bring the excitement of CERN’s research to a young audience aged between 7 and 12.”
“CERNland aims to attract youngsters before they begin to make decisions that will influence their future career paths. The site has been developed with the help of professional educators and assisted by some of the young people in the age group that it has been designed to reach. Their input has been incorporated into the site’s design.”
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