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Don Lincoln's introduction to particle detectors

Fermilab's Don Lincoln has recorded a couple of videos promoting and explaining physics concepts.



In this new 10-minute film, he presents particle detectors as subatomic bomb squads.




To make his point clearer, he first detonates himself, goes to Heaven, and returns to Earth.




A moment later, he makes his not so luxurious villa explode, too. Meanwhile, beginners may learn something about the methods that physicists used to reconstruct what happened during the explosion or collision.

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reader Billy Boy said...

What we do is to sweep supersymmetrical particles under the rug at this energy level where the collider can't possibly find them.


reader Gordon said...

The problem with the US is that it IS a Christian society--I have never seen another country (maybe with the exception of Ireland) that required politicians to keep assuring voters that they are good Christians and fundamentalist fanatics favored by God.
The only saving grace (irony) is that Islamic societies are far worse. Most European countries would laugh politicians off of the podium if they started spouting religious drivel as justifications for bad behavior.


reader Luboš Motl said...

Mostly agreed etc. But still, I think that the verbal commitments to Christianity in the U.S. are just words. The current foreign policies of the U.S. are in no way Christian, are they? At least I don't think that harassing nations for their refusal of gay marriage and similar things is compatible with good Christianity.


reader Gordon said...

I think the ultimate strategic impact is to reactivate the cold war for cynical domestic political reasons.


reader Luboš Motl said...

Very sad if true.


reader Shannon said...

Gordon, this is such a stupid example! I though you were more intelligent than that. Why would Isle of Man want to destroy Ireland ? If they did, they would have a good reason for this. You are singing the same old song that everyone must say when talking about Israel "oh but they are only defending themselves!", and then you cry about the poor jews like a professional mourner in front of everyone just to make sure that you are on the "good side". Good goy Gordon ! I meant good boy.


reader RAF III said...

Indeed Shannon! If history has taught us anything it is that people are never slaughtered without good reason.


reader Duperray said...

I am afraid that Obama's targets be far more complex and hidden than we can guess. Don't forget he is extremely intelligent and has been able to hide he was not born in US territory and is muslim. But propaganda upon zero QI herds has been efficient.
Thanks to some french books analysing his attitude, facts exactly match as if his goal is to weaken US will to fight islamic political power in order to allow it to swallow western world. We know for years that he nominated pro-islam people at key CIA and FBI positions (why such a confessionnal selection?). He claimed to have killed Bin Laden but the body has never been identified. He helped Muslim Brothers to take power in Egypt, but the Army expelled them, fortunately. He defeated libyan leader Khadafi (curbed down to almost respectable person since Reagan hammered his head at 1982 air raided home) who was preventing islamists to take over. Same attitude against Assad. Of course these guys are not repectable (as per westen propaganda, but christians are free in Syria, while under ISIS they are beheaded.... Therefore between a fox and a tiger, I would prefer to fight against the fox...
Look now at ISIS build-up? Why did these guys suddenly erupted there? All know that muslims for centuries want to reconstruct Caliphate and dominate the world to install charia: this is their main duty as believers.
Presently Europe is 80% internally conquered and population substitution started (white elites fly away, replaced by incult new comers believers). ISIS popped up because secretely allied with Obama. His recent extremely long hezitations to bomb is not an obamanian attitude. Even bombing is probably White House authorized upon secondary targets. His recent decision to provide B$ advance weaponry to Iraqi is a hidden way to arm ISIS, knowing that in this region soldiers join the enemy party as soon as they are promized safe life, inclusive of family. So the new advanced weaponry will be in ISIS hands within two weeks.
Europe is inexistent as EU Commission is controlled by ex-Goldmann-Sachs like managers and cannot be else than a little dog following his master. Countries' presidents are only experts about re-election and bla-bla, not even able to understand economics, Merkel inclusive. Europe has less world influence than Fidji islands.


reader de^mol said...

Sharron, ever heard of outcry by muslims when other groups take some countries or land? Think about northern Cyprus by Turkey, think about ISIS in Iraq or Syria, think about Turkey taking large amount of lands of Armenia and the Kurds (a century ago), Marocco taking Spanish Sahara and installing a wall, etc, etc...

Any outcry from the muslim world? No. Why is that? Well simpel, Allah cursed the jews in the koran, so a land for jews is never an option for muslims, whatever the reason and whatever amount of land.

So the reason is as mad as you can think of, so the isle of man could have a similar mad reason, for example that Ireland is Catholic, and the isle of man Protestant. That is enough reason in respect to the reason Hamas has in regard to Israel.


reader de^mol said...

I regard Klaus as one the heroes of Europe of our time. He gave an excellent speech in the EU. If Klaus would have been president of Europe we would not have had the mess we see today.


reader Shannon said...

demol, I don't give a damn shit about muslims and jews. These two rival Gollum-like brothers for centuries have always hated each other and we, Christians, have nothing to do with these gullible assholes' petty family feud..

Regarding the Catholics and Protestants, Northern Ireland is now at peace and the two rivals shook hands. Only Christians can achieve this. Ireland has even welcomed the Queen of England for the first time a couple of years ago and the whole Irish nation celebrated this friendly Christian meeting in Dublin. That knocks you for six, doesn't it ? ;-)

In case you don't know what a Gollum is, watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3IUoR9E7D4


reader Shannon said...

Yep, everything that can happen will happen... just don't provoke it.


reader Shannon said...

Klaus is not the only Europhobe politician in Europe.


reader j said...

Oh,I didn't know that I am neonazi, Bolshevik or communist. Last time I voted for Nowa Prawica JKM.

Many of my friends (especially from the East of Poland) condemn the current Kiev regime even more than I do. FYI they are engineers, CEOs and entrepreneurs. I know nothing about them being left-wing or Nazi...


reader cynholt said...

We engineer a fascist-led coup that strips the Russian-speaking areas of Ukraine of their rights, we rattle sabers and engage in economic warfare and somehow through all of this the Russians are the bad guys. Treating Russia like it's a Banana Republic in our own backyard is every bit as moronic as pretending Russia has no valid interests in protecting fellow Russians next door to it. All of this is causing me to reevaluate the entire Cold War. I'm not trying to pretend the USSR, especially under Stalin, was all sweetness and light - it was pretty horrific itself - but the West was pretty loathsome as well.

Remember when Obama was a master of 11-dimensional chess? Nowadays he comes off as someone who couldn't beat a chicken in Tic-Tac-Toe.


reader Shannon said...

..and when he got his Peace Nobel prize in 2009...


reader RAF III said...

I don't mean to be provocative, but irony is obviously not your strong suit.


reader Fer137 said...

" ..muslims and jews. These two rival Gollum-like brothers for centuries have always hated each other and we, Christians, have nothing to do with these gullible assholes' petty family feud.. "

Your anti-Jewish obsession produces cognitive dysfunction. Childish distortion of reality.
The Quran speaks specifically to kill Christians (and Jews).

Historically what you say is also ridiculous: Islam-Christian wars for over 1000 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lepanto
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusades
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reconquista
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman%E2%80%93Habsburg_wars
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Turkish_War

...

And now. War wherever Islam has border, or a percentage.

Nigeria: Islam against Christians and animists
Filipinas: against christians.
India: against indu.
Irak: against yahadies, christians, shiite muslims,..
China, Chechnya, Kosovo, Bosnia, Somalia, ....
...

By the way, speaking of Christians, according to the latest research Jesus was Jewish, Jewish family, Jewish friends and disciples.


reader Gordon said...

Who is the stupid one? Of course the Isle of Man is not going to attack Ireland. It is a Gedankenexperiment meant to be ironic (have you read Swift?)...
maybe "A Modest Proposal".
But then who in their right minds would want to attack Ireland?


reader Gordon said...

"Historically what you say is also ridiculous"---of course what she said is ridiculous---she is a Catholic :)


reader cynholt said...

Obama hides behind his Nobel Prize to drone children and wedding parties and 16-year-old American citizens in Yemen. Besides, he almost started a war with Syria based on lies on sarin gas. Yet, in a recent poll, he was the most admired in this world next to Bill Gates whose greatest accomplishment has been to betray the trust of billions of his customers to the NSA.

Who says crime does not pay?


reader cynholt said...

There is no cognitive dissonance over the hypocrisy between the corporatocracy's stances on Ukraine and Palestine. In order for there to be cognitive dissonance, there has to be a significant amount of stress that arises from mutually-held contradictory positions or beliefs. In both cases, Obama is firmly on the side of the fascists, therefore there is no stress. Besides, in order to be a successful contemporary American politician, one has to revel in being a hypocrite, moral principles be damned.


reader Shannon said...

Dear Gordon, read again, I said "stupid example" and an example is sort of a gedankenexperiment. Your last question is a good one and the answer is: no one.


reader Shannon said...

No kidding ! Jesus was Jewish ! LOL.


reader Shannon said...

You seem to have a problem with second degree yourself ;-)


reader Shannon said...

I will leave all the TRF readers to judge this comment of yours Gordon.


reader Eclectikus said...

I do know some jews in Spain, there are 50000 of them living quietly without any problem, no external markings, and racially can pass for Spanish, Moroccan or "even" French... they are standard humans, with a similar distribution on morons, smart, tall, short, ugly and handsome. People who hate Jews suffer an intellectual defect equivalent to the people who hate blacks or Christians or, say, French...

Jews in Europe/Spain:

http://www.eurojewcong.org/communities/spain.html


reader Shannon said...

Tiens Gordon listen to this, you might fall of your chair so hold tight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lsmFS75ed4


reader cynholt said...

There is an old saying, "when the Russians are attacked they don't get mad, they concentrate." This in large part explains why both Putin and Lavrov have been two to three steps ahead of Obama and Kerry in this entire Ukrainian affair.

It is also why, in the eyes of an increasing number of the world's peoples, the Russians are increasingly looking more like the reasonable adults in the midst of a very grave US/NATO/EU provocation on their border (Imagine the US reaction if China in conjunction with the Shanghai Cooperative was supplying and supporting with money, arms, and their version of Academy rent-a-Hessian mercenaries, a Communist insurrection in Mexico towards the end of having Mexico join a military-economic alliance with them).

Keep concentrating Russia, because the people of the US need you to thwart their fascists as much as the German people needed you to thwart their fascists 73 years ago.


reader Tom said...

Right, Cynholt, the West’s provocations on Russia’s border approaches madness. The talk about a NATO fast track for the Ukraine crosses the frontier to outright mad - such a move would surely rank amongst the very stupidest foreign policy decisions of recorded history and would raise the probability of major war to significant levels. Russia’s indomitable spirt in the face of the Wehrmacht at its mightiest in WWII ought to be foremost in the minds of NATO’s commanders. Fuck with the bear and you will likely regret it.


reader Gordon said...

Nah, history will judge the Catholics, Shannon. Aldous Huxley wrote two interesting historical novels about their antics--"The Devils of Loudun" and "Grey Eminence". Today, the emphasis is different, but the band plays on...
In case you think I am singling out Catholics for abuse, I assure you I am willing to pillory and delusional hierarchical religion with a skyfather and hell.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r-e2NDSTuE


reader Luboš Motl said...

Who is really working hard to extend and escalate the war is made clear many times a day.


Like yesterday, Putin wants negotiations about the status of the part of Ukraine. NATO announces 10,000 new troops from 7 countries to be placed on Russian borders.


reader Shannon said...

...for they forgive ;-)


reader Shannon said...

I don't talk to sionists like you Fert137 may they be jewish, muslims or christians. So fuck off!


reader Peter F. said...

Great map!:-D


reader RAF III said...

Though addressed to you, my reply was intended for a wider audience, one that understands the meaning of 'irony' and it's proper use.
The problem here is that irony is ineffective against willful stupidity.


reader cynholt said...

Gordon -- Christianity has become a commodity, a stock traded for money and power. It has adopted the tactics and values of Wall Street, which means it has become nothing more than a brand name, no longer containing any fixed ideal, just whatever momentary memes are calculated by its managers to derive the most profit.

As a commodity, leveraging its advantageous tax standing, Christianity is today doing fairly well, but its stock is slipping behind other commodities like mobile phones and cars. The search goes on for a new advertizing campaign to catapult God stock back to prominence. The new pope is working on it; with a little luck and lots of hard work, he'll rope in a whole new generation of rubes.

Perhaps if the Vatican develops a Godphone, or a megachurch offers a Siri-type AI called Ask Jesus. "Jesus, find me the nearest pizza place."

Hope this helps. ;~)


reader cynholt said...

I am an agnostic who despises all fundamentalists, including the Christian variety, since the most dangerous individuals are those that conflate known unknowns with unknown unknowns. They know and therefore can’t be wrong and are going to force it down your throat whether you want it or not and won’t consider the possibility they might actually not know, since it would destroy everything they based their whole lives on if proven otherwise. When you live an outright lie your whole life, the truth is the biggest enemy to it of them all.


reader Shannon said...

and "its" proper use, not "it's". It's a possessive pronoun. I bet you must be as gifted in geography as you are in the grammar of your own language, RAF ;-)


reader Shannon said...

See what sort of pressure our Pope is put under these day. It is, of course, a gross and pathetic manipulation from the Israelians :

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/29/italy-ramps-security-over-islamic-state-threats-po/


reader anon said...

How does it feel to support such people?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3ZMYpfD1l4
They are terrorist, you know it, and either your are in the state of a great internal struggle due to an immense cognitive dissonance, or you're a man without any morals. There is no other option. No... it must be the second option. Calling the Polish white eagle a "duck" in one of the other posts, or spiting on Poland because of some kacap provocation, and that's all only because Poland doesn't share with you the horrible and devastating mental illness of russophilia, is a sufficient evidence that all neurons in your brain responsible for morals, decency or repulsion towards hypocrisy, have died. And unfortunately, probability that they will be replaced in a process of neurogenesis are extremely low.


reader Luboš Motl said...

It feels fine. I not only support them in that - I have already predicted in advance that something like that is an expected and adequate reaction of the Russian people to your unnecessary provocations and harassment that has threatened the life of the Russian minister of defense.


The Kiev fascists call these people - with their legitimate interests - terrorists, too. It doesn't change the fact that these people also have right and they have it in practice, too. If someone is working to strip them of their basic rights and human dignity, they simply work hard to cut his throat. Of course that I support it It is natural and just.