Archive for September, 2011

Tevatron: Disengage

September 30, 2011

In a previous post, I referenced the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), located on the French/Swiss border.

As it happens, we have (soon to be read, “had”) a collider of our own, called the “Tevatron,” operated by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. It is not as sophisticated as the LHC, which may have had something to do with the lapse of funding for the Tevatron, resulting in the shutting down of the program.  For example, the Tevatron is capable of approaching the speed of light, but not exceeding it as the LHC may have done.

The Tevatron has, however, made history in its 26 years of operation…it revealed the top quark in 1994. When CERN made a comeback with the LHC around 2009, the Tevatron team stepped it up to unlock the Higgs boson particle, also known as the “God Particle“…you know, the thing that might unlock the secrets of matter and who knows what else.

As a side note, I think it is great how CERN commented on the shutdown of the Fermilab collider–click “CERN” above (30-Sep-11).

The Tevatron is supposed to broadcast the shutdown process online at 1:45PM CST. An era is about to end.

I know…no pictures. This blog took longer than I thought, so I am forgoing the pictures until next time.


It Starts Again

September 29, 2011

So, I find myself in another class requiring the upkeeping of a blog. Time to dust of the WordPress account and start posting. After putting it off and letting it slide, I find myself requiring 20-some-odd blogs by tomorrow. It is going to be a long night.

A few minutes ago, I skimmed BBC to see what was happening in the world. A US ambassador was hit with eggs in Syria by a group of protesters. The US took it seriously, scolding Syria. Syria says the US has “incited violence against its military,” according to the article.

In other happenings, the US accused Full Tilt of being a global Ponzi scheme. The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) suspended the site’s license in June. Now, the license is revoked. PokerStars, Full Tilt, Party Poker–all made unavailable for real money gambling online back then, and probably doomed to never return. I did not do much real money gambling online, so this does not affect me on a significant level.

Class is, for all intended purposes, over…so I am going to get this thing posted and head home to see about those other 20-something posts. I think the number is in the neighborhood of 24 since I am in two of this instructor’s classes. I will shoot for 25 just to be sure.