Saturday, January 21, 2012

Science Saturday: On the Road With Scientists at CERN

CERN, the European center for nuclear research, is home to the much-lauded (if also much misunderstood) Large Hadron Collider. This short piece from the BBC takes a quick look at what it is scientists do there all day.

The good: It's quite interesting to see how large and busy CERN is. It's also thankfully free of the melodrama from previous BBC documentaries.

The bad: It's only about twenty-five minutes long, so it's a rather cursory and shallow look at the CERN.

One interesting fact: The LHC generates enormous amounts of data, something like four million events every second. Computers eventually whittle that down to one hundred events per second for the scientists to analyze.

Would recommend? Sure!

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