We, as living creatures, rely upon the well-being of planet Earth for our own survival. A quick glance at the news and one will notice that we’re not doing such a great job at keeping ol’ Mother Nature healthy. Global warming this, pollution that – we’re not very good guests, are we? I say this, but it’s actually very difficult for our bustling, resource-reliant society to function without the things that do harm to the environment. Our only hope is to constantly be on the lookout for more efficient, cleaner methods that we will be able to sustain into the future. And, as always, science is the way forwards.
A couple of years ago a panic arose from the public about the experiments taking place at CERN, due to the amount of energy involved with the collisions. Lots of people thought that the LHC would generate a miniature black hole, consuming the Earth and all of us with it. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any black holes out of the collider, but we did find a nifty little particle.
Last week Yanhao and myself had the honour of being able to visit the CERN facilities in Geneva, Switzerland. It cern-tainly wasn’t just an excuse to go eat lots of fondue. Or make
terrible amazing puns.