The Large Hadron Collider is honestly the single most dangerous thing on the planet.  Several dozen nuclear weapons can destroy the surface of Earth. The LHC can potential destroy our solar system.

Now that I have everyone’s attention, there really is no reason to be afraid of the catastrophic failure it would take for the LHC to do any harm. The people in charge of this device will, and have in the past, shut the LHC down if some of the paint chipped.  If the Large Hadron Collider is in anything other than absolute pristine condition, it will be shut down and checked for months. It has spent more time being quintuple checked than actually being used.

Well, the LHC is running and has complete its first round of testing by setting a new world record for beam intensity at 4.67 × 1032cm-2s-1 or approximately 7 trillion electron volts; which is honestly not that much power. It is equal to the power of the energy seven mosquitoes need to fly, but don’t let the small figure confuse you. This is the first step of the real world moving closer to Star Trek, using ship engines that last for centuries, moving ships faster than the speed of light, and doing it all with a reaction from a crystal the size of a cabbage. The LHC is the first step in creating that crystal as best I understand without a PhD in physics.

The particle they are trying to create, called the Oh My God Particle (that is not a joke) has the potential to give off 40 million times the energy a proton would give off in the same reaction. The nuclear power plants we use to power our country are using proton particle fission. There is your scale for the level of power the LHC is working toward creating.

Source: Engadget

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