Weekly Digest #109
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In this digest-
1. Article- 4 Things I Learned From Visiting The World's Largest Particle Accelerator
2. Happiness Quotient From Around The World
3. Did You Know?
4. Entertainment Quotient
4 Things I Learned From Visiting The World's Largest Particle Accelerator
By: Abhimanyu Rao
Particle accelerator,antimatter, antiproton decelerator, Higgs Boson, the Alps- My trip to CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) was an awe-inspiring experience of carefully balanced learning and enjoyment.
1. CERN isn’t just for scientists- We had a session on science communication, which really opened my eyes to the wide possibilities that CERN offers! The common misconception, of course, is that cern is exclusively for hardcore particle physicists, a majority of people at cern aren’t actually particle physicists.
One major job at CERN is science writing and outreach, which involves many tasks like writing articles and coming up with programmes. This helped me look at cern with a fresh perspective and realise that cern is more multifaceted than I originally thought it was!
2. Science fiction is still fiction- After watching ‘Angels and Demons’, I was extremely pumped to see the antimatter factory! However, the factory, and antimatter in general, were very different from what the movie depicted.
Though unsurprising, this was quite disappointing to learn that the antimatter I was originally wowed by was now merely a figment of imagination. However, as heartbreaking of a realisation as this was, it actually made me appreciate science fiction more!
3. Fame isn’t everything- When I was thinking about what I would be the most excited to see, I immediately thought of the ATLAS experiment, the iconic detector responsible for the discovery of the god particle! However, when I reached CERN and saw everything, what I ended up enjoying the most was the Antimatter factory. This was just another reminder that fame and recognition is one aspect of life, but it never defines something’s worth.
4. Science or politics- When we reached CERN, we were taught about its history, and one thing that particularly intrigued me was the politics involved in the creation of cern! Cern was, as I learned, originally created due to the erstwhile political landscape of Europe. Still reeling from the effects of the second world war, science in Europe was dying fast, and brains were draining into the US. To combat this, Europe created CERN, the European Council for Nuclear Research, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory! This links well with my first point, about how cern is about more than just physics!
By: Agastya Rao
By: Mihir Rao
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- The Pupils
- Cunk of the Earth (15+)
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