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Life and Work On the LHC At CERN

November 27th, 2009 11:14 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

An anonymous reader sends in a CNet Crave interview with a working physicist at CERN. The interview is full of detail about what it’s like to work in this geek paradise (if a bit dumbed-down for an audience assumed not very technical). Dr. Paul Jackson, a particle physicist working on the LHC’s Atlas experiment, says there’s no chance of black holes wiping us out, and that the time travel speculation is bunkum. He is 100% convinced that they will find the Higgs boson. The scientists there favor Macs, while computers in the control room are Linux-based. “What would happen if you were standing in front of the beam? You would die. It would be a pretty spectacular death, and you wouldn’t know a lot about it. … It would be the equivalent of having 87kg of TNT dumped into your body.”

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