Friday, December 7, 2012

FF - Hangout with CERN

Last night I attended a Google hangout hosted by CERN: "Hot stuff - the early universe".

It was awesome, especially since they focused on the ALICE experiment in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  ALICE is an acronym for A Large Ian Collider Experiment, and its focus is the quark gluon plasma -- a soup of particles called 'quarks' and 'gluons' that existed for a short period of time in the early universe.  I've had the amazing opportunity to work for people who are part of ALICE, so I was even more excited!

They explained things in laymen's terms, and addressed questions like:

What does the LHC do?
What is the quark gluon plasma?
What happened at the beginning of the universe?
The universe is expanding, but what is the universe expanding into?
And, of course, many more.

Here's the full video of the hangout. Enjoy!




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