Big Bang recreated at LHC - almost

2010-11-09 07:21

Geneva - Scientists at the world's largest atom smasher say they have succeeded in recreating conditions shortly after the Big Bang by switching the particles used for collisions from protons to much heavier lead ions.

A spokesperson for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) said the Large Hadron Collider recorded its first lead ion collisions on Sunday.

Barbara Warmbein said researchers are trying to detect a thick soup of matter called "quark-gluon plasma" in the hope of gaining a deeper insight into how the universe began.

Warmbein said on Monday that it will likely be months, if not years, before scientists make significant new discoveries.

  • Grant - 2010-11-09 09:37

    Heading very misleading - the LHC will never be able to even remotely create the conditions of the big bang, but merely look at what happened milliseconds after the big bang happened. In reality, it is easier to believe in a God that created than in a bing bang that happened, the big bang theory defies all the laws of physics, and does not even have one shred of possible evidence supporting it.

      eduan.strydom - 2010-11-09 10:24

      So a couple of guys dreamed it up, with a whole lot others now blindly following the idea - no wait, that is actually religion that I am talking about. so WHAT are YOU talking about then, cause I miss you...

      clayton.bezuidenhout - 2010-11-09 11:02

      Grant although I appreciate the enthusiasm you show when giving your opinion. I have to disagree. At this stage the Big bang theory is the closest we have ever been to truly discovering how we came to be. What you also need to understand is that science does not render the God factor absolute, it actually supports it, it makes way for a belief system that can incorporate God and the creation of our universe. Who says that we aren't on our way to discover how God created everything? ... Just a thought.

      Karin du Toit - 2010-11-09 11:06

      The Big Bang Theory does not defy the laws of physics and tons of research has been done to support the theory. Please make sure of the facts before commenting. But never mind that, you say that it's easier to believe in God. Seriously? Is it really easier to believe in something that defies all the laws of physics and does not even have one shred of possible evidence supporting it? Does that sentence sound familiar? The evidence behind scientific discoveries are readily available for those of us who are willing to learn about them. Exploring the world through science is so incredibly thrilling that the answer of "God did it" seems pathetic and sad in comparison.

      mbossenger - 2010-11-09 12:23

      Evidence for the big bang - look up cosmic microwave background radiation

  • Mike Webber - 2010-11-09 13:07

    Both religion and the theories of the "Big Bang" and the following "evolution" (which by the way is pretty much religion to the atheists), both have their pros and cons. Depends on what you really want to believe for yourself. Pointless debate trying to convince the other side who hold to their beliefs no matter what ...

      mbossenger - 2010-11-09 14:19

      Evolution is not a religion, and is accepted by many religious people. It's only the uninformed who equate evolution with atheism...

  • Vaughan - 2010-11-09 14:30

    The Big Bang Theory is the belief that nothing exploded and created the universe...What a pile of crap!!!!!

      Daan le Roux - 2015-02-16 02:17

      Yes, and people believing in something they have never seem is not.

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