2012 was a big year in science – but there’s going to be loads of interesting developments this year. We take a look at what we can expect from science in 2013.
New dimensions discovered? And more about that bloody confusing God Particle
IT was last year’s biggest science story. By smashing particles together in a ginormous underground complex (the “Large Hadron Collider”), eggheads discovered the so-called “God Particle”. Sounds pretty important, huh?
It was god-awfully tough to understand, but we got the gist of it thanks to this News.com.au science sesh.
(At the simplest level: scientists believe the Boson is probably what makes us, and everything in the universe, weigh something.)
So, we should expect some pretty big new things from the Large Hadron Collider this year, right? All our existential questions, answered?
The Large Hadron Collider is a 27km-long atom smasher that lies 100m below the ground on the border of Switzerland and France. It crashes proton beams into each other at three times more force than ever before. Picture: AP
Nup. 2013 is a cliffhanger year. CERN, who run the Collider, has decided to turn it off in February for a couple of years. Just turning it off is kind of a big job, given that it’s a 27km-long circular machine buried 100m under the ground.
You should feel a bit nervous, though, if you’re one of those people who were a little concerned scientists might blow up the world with the machine.
The device is only being switched off just so it can can be super-charged. And then, in 2015, they might even be able to find out if there are other dimensions – with their own galaxies and people and news websites.