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    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ no1_vern's Avatar
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    Lightbulb Scientists say "I dont know" to a LHC question.

    Sometimes its the -fantastic- questions that stump or best and brightest. The question is:What happens if you put your hand in the beam of the Large Hadron Collider?

    Rest of the story here: Donít cross the LHC stream! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine
    Itís complicated! You have to think about the energy of the beam, of course, but also the energy of a given proton as it moves at 99.9999% the speed of light. But that number doesnít mean anything if the proton doesnít actually interact with the matter in your hand, so you have to consider the "cross-section" of the atoms in your hand. Think of it this way: if you shoot a gun at a target, you make a hole. But if you shoot a gun at a fishing net, it might pass right through. Most of the area of a fishing net is holes! The nuclei of atoms are very small compared to the atoms themselves, so in a sense most of you is empty space.

    And thereís more. The beam of the LHC is in a small tube thatís a high-grade vacuum ó getting your hand in there would be tough. And thereís a magnetic field of ferocious strength there, so I hope you donít have any metal bits in you. And there are actually two beams going in opposite directions.
    Aside from the actual physical problems of getting your hand INTO the LHC, would you put it in? What do you think would happen??
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    what happens is pretty clear, how it affects your hand is just open for guessing. same as the question will you explode or freeze first exposed to outer space.

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    As a scientist, my answer is unequivocal: You go first.

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    Stick a monkey in there and find out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckiechan View Post
    Stick a monkey in there and find out.
    Chuckie, that would be cruel and inhumane.

    I suggest we use a lawyer.

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    I don't know if I like the idea of most lawyers with super powers...

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    I suggest we use a lawyer.
    Their skin is too thick!
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    Those explanations blew my mind lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckiechan View Post
    Stick a monkey in there and find out.
    I think "Creatures' would be the "Perfect" Guinea Pig.
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