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September 11, 2008

LHC Rap Video

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This is pretty cool and informative toooo..lols..

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Still Standing Tall

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In the memories of Americans and many more across the seas who last their loved ones on this dreadful day 7 years ago.

September 10, 2008

CERN-LHC Update

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The LHC experiment was successfully initialized this morning (10:28 Local Time) by steering the first beam inside the 15 mile long tunnel.  The complete agenda for Sep 10th experiment is here.  According the press release “Today’s success puts a tick next to the first of those steps, and over the next few weeks, as the LHC’s operators gain experience and confidence with the new machine, the machine’s acceleration systems will be brought into play, and the beams will be brought into collision to allow the research programme to begin.” According to another report the collision of the hydrons is planned for some time late October, this report by a Russian Newspaper says ” Large Hadron Collder to be Launched Oct 21“.

There are major concerns about the safety of LHC.  Some scientists feel that the collision will result in Cosmic rays, Microscopic black holes, Strangelets, Vacuum bubbles and/or magnetic monopoles. CERN rules out the possibility of any danger to our planet because of the LHC Experiment.  In a safety report CERN claims that, “LHC Safety Assessment Group (LSAG) reaffirms and extends the conclusions of the 2003 report that LHC collisions present no danger and that there are no reasons for concern.” Read the full report Here

So who ever feels like the LHC experiment will bring Armageddon to our planet have another month and half to live their lives. In any case life is too valuable to waste, be it a month long or a century, I would say forget all fears and start living the best of your life from now on.

September 9, 2008

CERN- LHC Experiment

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Tomorrow, September 10th 2008, will be an auspicious day for physicists around the world. Scientists at CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research” are all set to explore answers to some of the most profound questions in particle physics with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment.  The experiment involves accelerating a proton in the LHC so as to obtain 7 TeraElectronVolts (TeV) of Kinetic energy and colliding with another proton of about that energy level. This would result in a collision energy of about 14 TeV. At 7TeV each of the protons will be traveling at 99.9999991% of the speed of the light. According to CERN the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment will help scientists to explore the possibility of existence of new particles and solve the mystery of antimatter. The LHC is a 17mile circumference machine built underground at a depth of 330feet near the Swiss-German border. The LHC experimental set up was designed in the early 80s and with contributions from Japan, US, India and other non-member states of CERN, CERN was able to put together this experimental setup, which costed about US$5.5 Billion. The LHC experiment is scheduled to be performed around 3:30AM EST tomorrow. I believe experiments of this magnitude will help us take a quantum leap in terms of our understanding of the subatomic particles and our universe as the whole. So wish them lots of luck!

If you wish to read more about the experiment go here: The LHC

September 5, 2008

Happy Teachers Day

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September 5th is celebrated as “Teachers day” in India. Originally it is the birthday of a former President of India, a great teacher and Philosopher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishanan. No wonder many countries around the world celebrate Teacher’s Day across the globe given the importance of Teachers. But in India Teachers have a very special place. According to The Vedas, The ancient Indian scriptures, teachers hold higher position in the order of respect even before the gods. (मत्रुदेवोभावा, पित्रुदेवोभावा, आचार्यदेवोभावा, अथिदिदेवोभावा, देवादेवोभावा). Parents are to be respected first followed by teachers and then finally the gods. It does make sense because parents are our first teachers. They teach us the means to exist in this world. Then a teacher enlightens us with the means to survive in this world. I am sure everyone us has a teacher who really inspired us and who made a big difference in our lives. So today is the day to show our appreciation towards them ones again for every thing we are today.

I came from a small village in India where there just one government school. It is more like a community school sponsored and provided for by the state government. Most of the government schools run on very minimal resources and funds. Sometimes there is not enough teaching staff for all the subjects. So students take there schools easy and teachers does not worry about the students. But I was really fortunate to have a setting that is totally different from this picture, not that we had enough resources or funds. But our teachers made a big difference there. They were dedicated and they did everything they possibly can to do to provide us the proper education. Where as most of the other government schools did not run during the day, our teachers had us stay late to cover up for the subject without any assigned teaching staff. Their efforts did not go in vain. Where as a passing rate of more than 50% is uncommon for any of our government schools, our school came out with a 98% passing rate. There was just one poor guy who failed in a single subject with 2 marks. Their efforts did not stop with that year. The next year our school made history with a 100% passing rate. Also a guy from our school secured the 3rd rank at the state level. I know it sounds like a Hollywood movie from the 80’s. But it happened for real. I feel so fortunate for that I had such wonderful teacher. I can’t thank them enough for all they did for me and everybody in our school!.  I wish everybody a great Teacher’s day.

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