Large Hadron Collider produces first proton collisions in Big Bang mission

The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s biggest atom smasher, has succeeding in producing the first proton collisions, just three days after it was restarted following repairs.

By Aislinn Laing – The Telegraph


Cern scientists have hailed the first proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider as a “great achievement”.

Scientists working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern), hailed the development as a “great achievement” and a major step towards mimicking the conditions that followed the Big Bang to unlock the secrets of the universe.

The low-energy collisions came unexpectedly after researchers managed for the first time to circulate two beams around the 27-kilometre (16.8 mile) tunnel 100m beneath the Franco-Swiss border for the first time on Monday.

Physicists working at the facility told how there was standing room only to watch the results and cheers erupted with the first collisions.

The world’s largest machine was first launched in September 2008 amid an international fanfare which saw the world’s media invited to the facility to make sense of the epic experiment.

But just nine days later, the £5bn LHC suffered a spectacular failure from a bad electrical connection. Fifty-three of 1,624 large superconducting magnets – some of them 50 feet long – were damaged and had to be replaced.

Just weeks ago, an element of comedy was introduced after it emerged that further problems had been caused by a small piece of baguette dropped by a passing bird which landed in a piece of equipment on the surface above the accelerator ring.

After 14 months of repairs, the giant machine was restarted on Friday evening and the first beam started circulating in a clockwise direction around the tunnel about 10pm.

By Monday, the operators were able to move onto the next stage of circulating two beams with the hope of generating a collision. Early in the afternoon, the beams crossed for the first time, then a second time later in the evening.

At present, the beams are being circulated at low-intensity to minimise any damage in the event of an accident. The true test will come as scientists provoke high-energy atom particle collisions and begin to analyse in earnest the fall out from the proton collisions in the months to come.

Ultimately, the collider aims to create conditions like they were one trillionth to two trillionths of a second after the Big Bang, which scientists think marked the creation of the universe billions of years ago. Physicists also hope the collider will help them see and understand other suspected phenomena, such as dark matter, antimatter and supersymmetry.

Cern’s Director General Rolf Heuer said yesterday’s collisions were actually the side effect of the quick advances being made by the LHC during its startup phase.

He said that the scientists would be proceeding cautiously, just a driver would with the first production model of a new car.

“We’ll never accelerate this the first time with a kick-start to its maximum velocity,” he said. “It’s a great achievement to have come this far in so short a time. But we need to keep a sense of perspective – there’s still much to do before we can start the LHC physics programme.”

David Barney, a physicist working at Cern said: “It’s quite amazing really, we never expected this to go so quickly. We’re incredibly pleased, everything seems to be working excellently. The LHC hasn’t actually accelerated particles yet – it hasn’t made them go any faster than they were when they came into the tunnel.

“Cern intends to collide them at higher energy next week. It’s going incredibly well and we don’t really know what to expect next.”

Society Gone Mad – Taser gun used on 10-year-old girl who ‘refused to take shower’.

A police officer used a Taser stun gun to subdue a 10-year-old girl in her own home.

By Nick Allen in Los Angeles – The Telegraph UK

A police officer using a Taser gun Photo: PA

The officer had been called to the girl’s home in Ozark, Arkansas, by her mother because she was behaving in an unruly manner and refusing to take a shower.

In a report on the incident the officer, Dustin Bradshaw, said the mother gave him permission to use the Taser.
When he arrived, the girl was curled up on the floor, screaming, and resisting as her mother tried to get her in the shower before bed.

“Her mother told me to take her if I needed to,” the officer wrote.

The child was “violently kicking and verbally combative” when he tried to take her into custody and she kicked him in the groin.
He then delivered “a very brief drive stun to her back,” the report said.

The girl’s father, Anthony Medlock, who is divorced from her mother, said the girl showed signs of emotional problems but did not deserve to be “treated like an animal”.

He said: “Ten years old and they shot electricity through her body, and I want to know how the heck in God’s green earth can they get away with this.

“If you can’t pick the kid up and take her to your car, handcuff her, then I don’t think you need to be an officer. She doesn’t deserve to be treated like a dog. She’s not a tiger.”

Local Mayor Vernon McDaniel said the FBI should investigate.

He said: “People here feel like that he made a mistake in using a Taser, and maybe he did, but we will not know until we get an impartial investigation.” The local Police Chief Jim Noggle said no disciplinary action was taken against Bradshaw.”

We didn’t use the Taser to punish the child, just to bring the child under control so she wouldn’t hurt herself or somebody else,” he said.

He said if the officer tried to forcefully put the girl in handcuffs, he could have accidentally broken her arm or leg.

Mr Noggle said the girl will face disorderly conduct charges as a juvenile.

Micro-Chipping Of USCitizens To Be Mandatory?

By Jack Williams

Already, It Looks As if Micro-chipping of US Citizens Will Soon Be Mandatory.

US federal legislation seems to be written by illiterates, or by foreigners, none of whom seem to understand English very well, which the Controllers prefer as that gives them more latitude with interruption and enforcement: Obama’s health care bill is a case in point.

Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, even questioned the sense of reading Obama’s 1,990 page health care bill by saying, “I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill.’ What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill.

“Sorry to have to expose you to a portion of that very poorly written, 1990 page health care bill (Subtitle C-11 Sec. 2521 National Medical Device Registry), but maybe you can tell me what it means.

“… the Secretary shall establish a national medical device registry (in this Subsection referred to as the Registry) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that – (A) is that has been used in or on a patient; and (B) is a Class III device; or (ii) A Class II device that is Implantable…

“Well, enough of that, a person can take only so much nonsense at one sitting. But, ask yourself a simple question: Are we to be multi-chipped, complete with updates, like a computer program, with our yearly rounds of multi-inoculations?

J. Speer-Williams