The enormous, complex-looking piece of machinery known as the Large Hadron Collider is a gift to humankind. This masterpiece of engineering has been on a hiatus for over two years, but now it is back and ready to go even further than before. Previously, the Large Hadron Collider provided evidence for the Higgs Boson, a subatomic particle that provided scientists with information about other particles.
Understanding the evidence that the Large Hadron Collider is capable of providing helps to highlight its potential. It has already unearthed vital information, and now it is on its way to be more high-powered than before. The possibilities of what scientists could discover next are limitless.
Now that the Large Hadron Collider has come out of two years of hiding, during which it was under maintenance, scientists are ready to power it up. Previously, the particle accelerator had been turned up to eight tera-electron volts. This time, it is set to work at 13 tera-electron volts, which means that proton beams will be at an energy level over 62 times higher than before.
The question, however, is what the results of the Large Hadron Collider can do for humans. The particle accelerator’s intent is not to find any medicine for diseases, nor is it a protective shelter against natural disasters. Why should so much be invested in something that just looks like a big, exciting science project? The answer is that mankind needs this science because the possibilities discovered by its results could be limitless.
The theory of gravity was not always known; people just took for granted that they could stand on the Earth’s ground. However, studies on atoms and matter are what brought about and modified the theory of gravity and how people understand it. The Large Hadron Collider is meant to shed knowledge about the realities and dynamics of these very things, as well as related concepts. Perhaps centuries ago, it was fine to just accept that fact that nothing on Earth floated away, until questioning why that was led to the theory of gravity. If scientists did not understand the concept of gravity, astronauts would have an even more mysterious experience in outer space (if they even could get there). Also, rockets could not be modified to accommodate change in gravity. With today’s technology, even more theories could be discovered to help us modify our everyday lives.
Furthermore, if things like molecules and atoms were not studied, scientists could not understand and manufacture medicine the way they do today. It is difficult to provide a solid, concise solutions that results from the Large Hadron Collider could bring about, but it is absolutely certain that the data found will be vital, and will possibly change the way people look at the world.
Scientists are certain that powerful results will come from the particle accelerator’s next journey. The evidence found from the last round was powerful and exciting because it helped affirm and modify theories that scientists had and still have. Consider the first people who went into space; if there was not overwhelming evidence proving that the world was round before the voyage, it was absolutely confirmed because of eyewitness evidence. The efforts of scientists and the large amount of money that has gone into building and maintaining the Large Hadron Collider will not be in vain, as this particle accelerator will change the way mankind looks at the universe.
Opinion By Tania Dawood
The Singleton Argus- Large Hadron Collider is cranking up again: prepare to have your mind blown
The Christian Science Monitor- The Large Hadron Collider returns, twice as powerful as before
ScienceBlogs- Dark Matter: what it does, what it doesn’t do
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