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LHC in the news

Even though there won’t be any discoveries for a while, the LHC remains in the news.  It was named the #5 best invention of 2008 by Time magazine.  Not bad, although looking at the top 4:

  • 1. The Retail DNA Test
  • 2. The Tesla Roadster
  • 3. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • 4. Hulu.com

I am a little disappointed.

Okay, at-home genetics (#1), electric cars (#2), and movie downloading web sites (#4) are more useful right now than the LHC, and space missions (#3) produce better images, but I don’t think any of them will have as large an impact long-term.

Although some people think the impact is already being felt.  When analyzing the election results on his comedy show, Stephen Colbert said (1:20 mark or so) he believed that the LHC “jolted us into a parallel universe that is exactly like our own, only Barack Obama is president and the Phillies are world champions.”  And he may be right.

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