2015 International Year of Light
& Light-based Technologies
Embedded below is the 30 page CERN Courier Volume 55, Number 2, March 2015, pdf issue.
This issue includes information highlighting the United Nation’s General Assembly proclaiming 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies:
“On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).”
“The aim is to raise awareness about how these technologies provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. In its quest to “see” the fundamental structure of matter, high-energy particle physics goes beyond the wavelengths of light to the wavelengths of particle beams. Over the years, developments in the accelerators that create those beams have led to new ways of producing light that have a big impact on other disciplines.” More…(CERN March 2015 pdf)
Other topics covered in this pdf include:
- CMS heads towards solving a decades-long quarkonium puzzle,
- ALICE sheds light on particle production in heavy-ion collisions,
- ATLAS gives new limits in the search for dark matter:
“There is evidence for dark matter from many astronomical observations, yet so far, dark matter has not been seen in particle-physics experiments, and there is no evidence for non-gravitational interactions between dark matter and Standard Model particles. If such interactions exist, dark-matter particles could be produced in proton–proton collisions at the LHC. The dark matter would travel unseen through the ATLAS detector, but often one or more Standard Model particles would accompany it, either produced by the dark-matter interaction or radiated from the colliding partons. Observed particles with a large imbalance of momentum in the transverse plane of the detector could therefore signal the production of dark matter. Because radiation from the colliding partons is most likely a jet, the “monojet” search is a powerful search for dark matter” More…
The March issue has also included a special issue from the 1972 Archives titled: “Computing at CERN.” I thought it interesting to learn that CERN was responsible for the creation of the internet and computers.
“And here is an off-line nugget: the CDC 7600, one of the last machines to have individual components soldered onto circuit boards, had a peak performance of some 36 MFLOPS, matched by an iPhone 4. It cost $5 million, some $30 million in today’s dollars.”
CERN has included an HLC Plan to the Year 2035:
Their long-range, timeline, goal is to reach 14 TeV energy levels by the Year 2035.
With all the information included in this issue (the first for me), I learned that this field called physics is pretty inclusive, inquisitive, and integrally inlaid with curiosity for the elements and how they function in our universe. Unless, of course, the subject is abused and misused to the point of collapsing time and space and ushering in through the Stargates, the supernatural portals, the unknown or hidden beings best left untouched.
CERN ALERT: Scientists Talk of Black Holes,
Parallel Universes, Extra Dimensions
Thinker or Artisan?
There is a short narrative in the March CERN issue, titled “Thinker or Artisan? Lalit Sehgal on the link between his career in physics and a tailor he saw long ago in Lahore.”
In remembering his past, he tells of how he become interested in physics at the tender age of four years:
“I studied physics and entered a career of research and teaching. Today, in the tranquillity of retirement, I find myself recalling that childhood encounter in my grandfather’s house 70 years ago. My grandfather had prophesied that I would be a philosopher. He was not far off the mark. My PhD certificate says “…Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Physics…”
“It turned out that the field I chose was elementary-particle phenomenology. It allowed me to combine my propensity for thinking with the more prosaic task of analysing data…”
God has a way of instilling into our lives the interest, the stamina, the education, experience in differing fields of science. It’s built into our DNA, we just have to recognize it and move in the direction that “fate” calls us into.
I’m aware that some scientists believe that science and spiritual theology do not mix that they, in fact, contradict each other.
I say no. They compliment each other. Knowing and understanding the Word of the Lord and applying scientific knowledge and data go hand in hand. After all, it was and is Father God who created the Human being, the animals, and the planets in this vast universe, it’s He who created science in all fields of existence.
To leave out the very important factor of creation or Creator of the natural and supernatural multi-dimensions, and black holes, and only include scientific data will only severely limit the total sum accuracy of the “output.”
- And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. (Exodus 13:21)
- “There are those who rebel against the light;They do not know its ways Nor abide in its paths. (Job 24:13)
- “Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place, (Job 38:19)
- I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:16)
- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
Are you saved? Make Jesus Christ the Saviour of your soul, ask Him to lead you all the days of your life.