Archive for September, 2008

Large Hadron Collider Startup

September 10, 2008
A simulation of the Higgs boson particle

A simulation of the Higgs boson particle

Today is the start-up day for the Large Hadron Collider in CERN Switzerland, an instrument which will “open new vistas on the deepest secrets of the universe, stretching the imagination with new forms of matter, new forces of nature, and new dimensions of space.” You can find the press release for the first proton beam to complete a full lap of the accelerator here, and discussion of the event in New Scientist here, and from the BBC at ‘Big Bang’ Experiment Starts Well.

For interesting but brief comments on what scientists expect to learn from several Nobel laureates, see the CERN Courier article Nobel Expectations for New Physics at the LHC. For more on the US participation in the project, see the National Science Foundation’s website for the US Presence at the Large Hadron Collider. And for a brief refutation of the ludicrous hyperbole about the LHC circulated recently on bizarre websites, see the BBC’s Earth ‘Not At Risk’ From Collider.

American Feminism and the Politics of 2008

September 10, 2008

Camille Paglia is an unabashedly pro-Obama Democrat and feminist. Her commentary in today’s Salon is opinion – but an opinion which I believe it would profit Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Liberals, Conservatives and Libertarians to read and reflect upon. Read it here and let me know what you think.