The future is bright in the dark universe

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Rolf-Dieter Heuer, German particle physicist and director-general of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said on Saturday that he hoped for increased participation from Indian industry and academia in ongoing projects at the Geneva-based research facility.

This, he said, would only be possible when India became an associate member. Alluding to India’s pending application for membership, he said: “We are getting closer to that, as India is very eager.”

This step, he added, would allow for more fellowships and research collaborations.

Landmark discovery

Prof. Heuer spoke to reporters after delivering the C.V. Raman Memorial Lecture on ‘The search of a deeper understanding of our universe at the world’s largest particle accelerator’, here. A packed audience at the Indian Institute of Science hung on to every word as the 64-year-old scientist took them through a detailed presentation on the work that led to the landmark discovery of the Higgs Boson particle at the large hadron collider (LHC).

The audience got a rare ringside view of the gargantuan facility, including the LHC, which was shut down this Thursday and will remain closed for maintenance till 2015.

Underlining the significance of the “historic discovery” last July, he said the data collected over the past two years, and the project ahead, would answer fundamental questions on dark matter and dark energy, phenomena that have baffled scientists for centuries.

“We are just now at the beginning of exploring 93 per cent of the universe — and let’s say the future is bright in the dark universe.”


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8 COMMENTS

  1. The audience got a rare ringside view of the gargantuan facility, including the LHC, which was shut down this Thursday and will remain closed for maintenance till 2015.

    I am not sure why they are making a big feature of this now. It is being shut down again to deal with technical problems, before it can eventually run at full potential.

    I suppose they can get on with processing earlier data for the present!

  2. Never mind the 99%ers, or the 1%ers, we’re on an energetic mission to find the 93% that matters – since we’ve just about figured out most of the first 7%….

    CERN cost about $8 Billion – what’s that, when the next USA nuclear aircraft carrier will cost $26.8 Billion?

    http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/New-Aircraft-Carrier-Does-More-with-Less-Crew/

    Just think what Science could do with the recent $1,725 Billion world military costs per year.

    We could find and learn so much of what’s really there and discoverable – and still not find anything supernatural …. 8-) …. Mac.

  3. In reply to #4 by bluebird:

    In reply to #3 by CdnMacAtheist:

    or the 1%ers

    As in the motorcycle gangs??

    Hi Bluebird. (I like your sense of humour in your Comments.)

    I don’t think those bikers are nearly wealthy enough to be part of the 1%ers I’m thinking of here…. Mac.

  4. In reply to #6 by bluebird:

    That’s a big 10-4 -

    *saw the grooviest.car.ever. in an early ’60′s movie. Hell on wheels :D

    Ptoowee on this superficial show car built on a primitive 1960′s agricultural chassis.

    Here’s the original groovy door flapper, big race winner turned into 1954-7 production car:

    Google Search: Mercedes 300 SLR pictures …. 8-))) …. Mac.

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