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  1. #91
    The martian surface was created after the last great war between old earth Atlantis and the Martian invaders. The Martians lost!

    Also, I do not believe in the existence of intelligent life in the universe...anywhere!
    May the force be with you.

  2. #92
    Quote Originally Posted by sith_killer_99 View Post
    Also, I do not believe in the existence of intelligent life in the universe...anywhere!
    Well! I guess you just told me off!
    ¡Que la fuerza te acompañe!

  3. #93

    Incoming!

    This just in:

    It's the Perseids meteor shower show tonight, kiddies! Actually Aug. 12 at about 3am until sunrise. Look to the northeast for the most part. Up to 100 meteors per hour.

    Viewing won't be the best because of the moon's phase right now....too dang bright! So for all you graveyard shift workers or insomniacs: have fun!

    If you miss it this year, set your calendar for next, as this is an annual event courtesy of the Maker.

    I guess I should state this is US west coast info.
    ¡Que la fuerza te acompañe!

  4. #94
    Woo-hoo! More cool night sky viewing that I probably won't be able to see! (but I'll try... set an alarm or something)
    'It is always nice to see you, says the Besalisk at the counter... And instead I pour blue milk...' From "Dex's Diner" by Su-San Vega

  5. #95
    I made it a point to sit outside for a while last night for longer than the duration of a cigarette and was able to see one meteor shooting from NE to SW. I was actually surprised to have seen that considering my neighborhood is well lit and it was only about 11:00pm.
    It's a blacked-out blur but I'm pretty sure it ruled.

  6. #96
    Very cool! There should be a little residual happenings tonight, too, but not near what it should have been last night. I was on a case (I see dead people...again) last Friday night/Saturday morning and there were some good displays.

    He's a little wiki on the Perseids:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseids

    Also, if you're a moonaholic like me, I just found out about this site:

    http://www.mondatlas.de/index_e.html

    Check out the images!
    ¡Que la fuerza te acompañe!

  7. #97
    They finally tested the Supercollider. So much for creating a Black Hole. Though they haven't put it at full power yet.


    GENEVA — The world's largest particle collider passed its first major tests by firing two beams of protons in opposite directions around a 17-mile (27-kilometer) underground ring Wednesday in what scientists hope is the next great step to understanding the makeup of the universe.

    After a series of trial runs, two white dots flashed on a computer screen at 10:26 a.m. (0826 GMT) indicating that the protons had traveled clockwise along the full length of the 4 billion Swiss franc (US$3.8 billion) Large Hadron Collider — described as the biggest physics experiment in history.

    "There it is," project leader Lyn Evans said when the beam completed its lap.

    Champagne corks popped in labs as far away as Chicago, where contributing and competing scientists watched the proceedings by satellite.

    Five hours later, scientists successfully fired a beam counterclockwise.

    Physicists around the world now have much greater power to smash the components of atoms together in attempts to learn about their structure.

    "Well done, everybody," said Robert Aymar, director-general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to cheers from the assembled scientists in the collider's control room at the Swiss-French border.

    The organization, known by its French acronym CERN, began firing the protons — a type of subatomic particle — around the tunnel in stages less than an hour earlier, with the first beam injection at 9:35 a.m. (0735 GMT).

    Eventually two beams will be fired at the same time in opposite directions with the aim of recreating conditions a split second after the big bang, which scientists theorize was the massive explosion that created the universe.

    "My first thought was relief," said Evans, who has been working on the project since its inception in 1984. "This is a machine of enormous complexity. Things can go wrong at any time. But this morning has been a great start."

    He didn't want to set a date, but said that he expected scientists would be able to conduct collisions for their experiments "within a few months."

    The collider is designed to push the proton beam close to the speed of light, whizzing 11,000 times a second around the tunnel.

    Scientists hope to eventually send two beams of protons through two tubes about the width of fire hoses, speeding through a vacuum that is colder and emptier than outer space. The paths of these beams will cross, and a few protons will collide. The collider's two largest detectors — essentially huge digital cameras weighing thousands of tons — are capable of taking millions of snapshots a second.

    The CERN experiments could reveal more about "dark matter," antimatter and possibly hidden dimensions of space and time. It could also find evidence of the hypothetical particle — the Higgs boson — which is sometimes called the "God particle" because it is believed to give mass to all other particles, and thus to matter that makes up the universe.

    The supercooled magnets that guide the proton beam heated slightly in the morning's first test, leading to a pause to recool them before trying the opposite direction.

    The start of the collider came over the objections of some who feared the collision of protons could eventually imperil the Earth by creating micro-black holes, subatomic versions of collapsed stars whose gravity is so strong they can suck in planets and other stars.

    "It's nonsense," said James Gillies, chief spokesman for CERN.

    CERN was backed by leading scientists like Britain's Stephen Hawking , who declared the experiments to be absolutely safe.

    Gillies told the AP that the most dangerous thing that could happen would be if a beam at full power were to go out of control, and that would only damage the accelerator itself and burrow into the rock around the tunnel.

    Nothing of the sort occurred Wednesday, though the accelerator is still probably a year away from full power.

    The project organized by the 20 European member nations of CERN has attracted researchers from 80 nations. Some 1,200 are from the United States, an observer country that contributed US$531 million. Japan, another observer, also is a major contributor.

    Some scientists have been waiting for 20 years to use the LHC.

    The complexity of manufacturing it required groundbreaking advances in the use of supercooled, superconducting equipment. The 2001 start and 2005 completion dates were pushed back by two years each, and the cost of the construction was 25 percent higher than originally budgeted in 1996, Luciano Maiani, who was CERN director-general at the time, told The Associated Press.

    Maiani and the other three living former directors-general attended the launch Wednesday.

    Smaller colliders have been used for decades to study the makeup of the atom. Less than 100 years ago scientists thought protons and neutrons were the smallest components of an atom's nucleus, but in stages since then experiments have shown they were made of still smaller quarks and gluons and that there were other forces and particles.

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    "Ohh, maxi big da fish! Well dat smells stinkowiff"


    "No time to discuss this as a supercommittee.... I am not a supercommittee!"

  8. #98
    Quote Originally Posted by Blue2th View Post
    They finally tested the Supercollider. So much for creating a Black Hole. Though they haven't put it at full power yet.
    The idea that the LHC would create a Earth killing black hole is very silly. For one thing cosmic rays hitting the upper atmosphere with energies well above anything that will happen at CERN, Fermilab, or any other collider site. So that fact that planet killing subatomic events don't happen in nature, which are more energetic and more frequent than any thing we humans can do, should end the argument.
    "I'm sick and tried of these motherfrakkking Sith on this motherfrakkker plane!"
    Mace Windu - Episode 2.5: Sith on a Plane

  9. #99
    Uh-uh. Just wait until the Mist rolls up on your front lawn. Then you'll wish they hadn't been smashing those atoms over there.
    Weird War Tales: Featuring the Creature Commandos #105 November 1981 (DC Comics)

  10. #100
    Yeah, I hope Stephen Hawking isn't wrong about that...

    What if things go haywire and we all suddenly

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