Squeeze 27 km of tunnels filled with superconducting magnets into your pocket
If you own a mobile phone with Google Android and if you are a TRF reader – and you just apparently satisfied the latter condition, at least barely – you should definitely download and try this app:
LHSee by Alan Barr and Christopher Boddy (Android Market)The know-how behind the app was made serious by experts from Oxford and CERN.
If you're going to play with this app for more than 15 minutes, chances are that you will understand the LHC's detectors more than I do – even if you're not a particle physicist! In that case, you should tell us what you have learned.
The app also contains a game, "The Hunt for the Higgs Boson", that teaches you to identify different results of the proton collisions. That's a part of an EU program to fight unemployment in Europe. Computers will be gradually replaced by manual workers. Because each major LHC detector has already generated 330 trillion collisions, there will be lots of work (and green jobs) for the unemployed people.
The owners of the app are actually being delivered real data from the LHC so if the LHC produces a new particle, for example a bikino, the Google Android user may be the first person in the world who witnesses the discovery!
Here is the traditional video of the collision inside ATLAS (unfortunately without Don Garbutt's great music here), together with the "preface" involving boosters that gradually accelerate the protons before the protons reach the Lord of the Rings, the LHC itself.
If you want to see how the animations in the actual app look like, check this video by Jon Breadandbutter (see his text on the app).
I am not sure why the app hasn't been offered to iOS users yet: too bad! The grant page informing about the funding for this fun BS project suggests that there won't be any other OS supported. Did they need Flash? Maybe, here is a Flash game hunting for the Higgs.
It's a very entertaining game, indeed. You must manually take a picture of every track in every collision, get a stamp from your local tax office, repeat the process 330 trillion times, identify a hundred of collisions that could contain the Higgs boson, and make some statistics. Good luck! :-)
Recall that since 2007, you could have also played LHC magnet game: TRF, Flash.