Smashing Atoms is COOL!

A friend of mine sent me this article and I thought it was amazing that while we are going about our daily lives scientists are doing this!

This is wild! Scientists have been working for years on this Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Recently they managed to get two particles to smash into each other. People have been concerned with how this might be dangerous, however scientists seem thilled that it will be a new way for us to explore energy.

It’s bizarrely both a record high and a small amount of energy.

It’s a record on the atom-by-atom basis that physicists use to measure pure energy, Schewe said. By comparison, burning wood or any other chemical reaction on an atom scale produces one electron volt. Splitting a single uranium atom in a nuclear reaction produces 1 million electron volts. This produces — on an atom-by-atom scale — 7 million times more power than a single atom in a nuclear reaction, Schewe said.

The reason this is safe has to do with the amount of particles in the collider. Tuesday’s success involved just two protons making energy, instead of pounds of uranium, Schewe said.

Kaku, a professor at City College of New York, described the amount of energy produced as less than the total energy made by two mosquitoes crashing.

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I'm a teen services librarian in Chili (pronounced Chai-Lie) New York with a passion for engaging teens in the love of reading, libraries and having fun!
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