Friday, September 12, 2008

Large Hadron Collider webcam

You might have heard about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the new, huge subatomic particle collider at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) near Geneva, Switzerland. The collider is being used to find, if possible, dark matter, the unseen particles that — theory predicts — make up the bulk of the mass in the universe.

There have been all sorts of (uninformed) reports that the collider could create a black hole big enough to destroy the world. That's foolish, it can't happen.

However, here's a live webcam site for the collider. Chances are you'll see an experiment in progress. Enjoy!

After that, here's a science rap about the collider, performed by a CERN employee. It topped over 2.8 million YouTube hits as of today.

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