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Newly upgraded Large Hadron Collider could solve mystery of dark matter

By T.K. Randall
April 22, 2022 · Comment icon 17 comments

What will the LHC discover this time ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Maximilien Brice
After a three-year hiatus, the iconic atom smasher is preparing to begin a new era of scientific discoveries.
Having previously confirmed the existence of the elusive Higgs boson particle, the Large Hadron Collider, which is situated near Geneva in Switzerland, is gearing up for its third run having been upgraded and improved during a lengthy maintenance period spanning three years.

In the very near future, scientists at the facility will be turning on the world's largest atom smasher in the hope of bringing about a host of exciting new discoveries.

The team will be particularly keen to find evidence of dark matter - a mysterious form of matter which, despite making up a large percentage of the mass of the universe - has never been directly observed.

The collider has been significantly upgraded since it last fired up and there are plans to conduct experiments for three years before it will be shut down for yet another set of upgrades.
"We are going to increase the number of collisions drastically and therefore the probability of new discoveries also," said control room operations head Rende Steerenberg.

He added, however, that turning on the collider after the upgrade will be a tense exercise.

"It's not flipping a button," he told Reuters.

"This comes with a certain sense of tension, nervousness."

It will be very interesting indeed to see what, if anything, the collider discovers over the coming months.

Source: Reuters | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Opus Magnus 2 years ago
Your idea is probably the best, but... The last time I was reading about Dark Energy I was wondering if the universe was not made in a beautiful big bang of creation, but more so of a gun going off in murder. I was wondering if the velocity of the bullet being fired would make the galaxies continue to move apart, rather than having a stationary and uniform big bang. I'm not sure if this would influence the rotation of the galaxies that dark matter is supposed to influence. I thought a dark initial murder of the universe might explain the reason it is dark evil energy and matter that is driving... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Cookie Monster 2 years ago
The Big Bang was not an explosion radiating off energy and matter in all directions. It was the inflation of space. If you look at how galaxies are moving across the universe they are not flying out from a central point. They are all moving from each other because the space between them is growing. If you reverse that growth you get to the point where no space existed between anything. Thats the Big Bang. Another interesting proposition is maybe the strength of gravity has changed during the lifetime of the universe. After all, when we look at a distant galaxy we are looking at how it was howe... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
Holy cow, How ya been, Emma? I have not seen you in years. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Opus Magnus 2 years ago
So if that is the case it sounds like galaxies just formed like coagulating pond scum. After they start to form bacterial clusters the rest just appear drift away from each other. I found this deion, but it can't tell you where matter came from. It's Hubble's Law. I especially like this example because it is like the Gospel parable Jesus spoke in Matthew 13:33. "33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened."   Figure 10.6: Animated image showing the rising of a loaf of raisi... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by XenoFish 2 years ago
A whole lot of money wasted on this chunk of metal and plastic.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hyperionxvii 2 years ago
Well, that was a joke. But I don't think anyone will stop you from telling us what it is? 
Comment icon #14 Posted by L.A.T.1961 2 years ago
Although the original idea of an Either was wrong the Higgs field is sort of a similar thing. A medium which waves travel through.   
Comment icon #15 Posted by badeskov 2 years ago
Not really. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #16 Posted by Emma_Acid 2 years ago
Yes mate! I'm back! In very limited amounts! I kinda check in every few weeks now. It got too much over the last few years, pandemic-wise. Hope you're good? x
Comment icon #17 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
Well, that's great, Emma. Look forward to your posts. 

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