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Saturday, September 20, 2008

LHC webcam

Live webcams at the large hadron collider.

I feel safer now.

They are having the usual startup problems at the LHC, which they hope to work through soon.

I think it would be fascinating if they DIDN'T find the Higgs particle, and had to re-think through the standard model again.

Like much of particle physics, quantum mechanics, cosmology, and the mortality of Schrodinger's cat, the Higgs always seemed somewhere between counter-intuitive, magical and humorous. If it's so big, and gives mass to things, why is it so hard to find? Shouldn't it be everywhere?