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Journal of No. 118


January 18th, 2008

Factoid of the Day @ 03:09 pm

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When the Large Hadron Collider gets fired up, it'll have bunches of wee protons zipping about at close to the speed of light. Ordinarily, cosmic rays zip through your body without you noticing em. Suppose you put your hand in the LHC beam... would you feel a warm spot? A little tingling? A bad 'sunburn'?

From Scientific American: "When it is fully loaded and at maximum energy, all the circulating particles will carry energy roughly equal to the kinetic energy of about 900 cars travelling at 100 kph." I checked the math... it's right. It's the equivalent of 100 kg of TNT.
 
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Journal of No. 118