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Quark-Gluon Plasma Observed At LHC 155

Posted by timothy
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Canadian_Daemon writes "A phase of matter created moments after the Big Bang is thought to have been detected at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. 'Striking' evidence of a quark-gluon plasma has been observed by a team of researchers, including Canadians, at the facility near Geneva, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced Friday."
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Quark-Gluon Plasma Observed At LHC

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  • by thomasdz (178114) on Friday November 26, 2010 @07:53PM (#34354658)

    What a strange thing to say: "observed by a team of researchers, including Canadians"
    Does this mean the Canadians aren't team players or they weren't researchers (were they just tourists?)
    This Canadian wants to know!

  • by MachDelta (704883) on Friday November 26, 2010 @08:14PM (#34354844)

    Of course we're skeptics! Every year we hear about this crazy bastard flying around in a sleigh all night. Any sane Canuck knows that, during winter, you get your shit done during the two and a half hours of daylight in the afternoon. After that you stay the hell inside because its fucking cold! We just wanna meet the guy so we can tell him he's got everything ass backwards. He must be an American. ;)

  • by chebucto (992517) on Friday November 26, 2010 @08:27PM (#34354952) Homepage

    I'm a canuck and would be happy to celebrate a discovery by my compatriots, but it doesn't make much sense to say the team that made this ion-shattering discovery 'included canadians' when it included a lot of other nationalities too.

    From TFA:

    Canadians make up more than 150 of the researchers involved in ATLAS.

    From Wiki [wikimedia.org]:

    The project is led by Fabiola Gianotti and involves roughly 2,000 scientists and engineers at 165 institutions in 35 countries.

    So.. how about we say 'Horray for people!' or something like that.

  • Re:Offensive (Score:2, Insightful)

    by wierd_w (1375923) on Saturday November 27, 2010 @12:08AM (#34356094)

    I don't see why this is modded flamebait-- Offtopic would be more appropriate, since the main subject line really is true. Either both sexes are treated interchangeably in all circumstances, or they are not being treated equal. "Separate but equal" is nonsense in this respect. If there is a draft, it should apply to everyone, not just males-- etc.

    Granted, it could have been put forward in a more polite fashion, but the basic gist of it is true. (And any arguments about women being physically weaker than men must come from people who have never met a determined woman before, nor seen what the average man looks like these days.) The really real problem is that women want to be (and be treated as) feminine. Standing up and "manning up" for equal treatment is seen as being "butch", rather than "practical", and as such they just don't do that. Instead, they whine and moan, but never actually do anything for it.

    Hence the "I want my cake and eat it too-ism" snark.

    The ORIGINAL feminists I have respect for- (The ones that dared to smoke cigars in public like men, wore trousers, cut off their hair, and all that jazz) But the "I can do anything a man can, but I dont want to!" crowd wearing miniskirts, prada, and are going for a boob job to play the hot-chick card, I don't have ANY respect for.

    The hitting jab cuts straight through all the candy coating-- Men hit each other. Women hit each other. (It DOES happen.) But somehow, it is "unforgivably" wrong when a man hits a woman, but not when a woman hits a man. That's the problem the OP is getting at, and I agree. If we are going to treat the sexes as equals, then they should both be equally strikeable for strikeable offenses. (EG, did they hit you? If so, you should be justified to hit back, if for no other reason than to reinforce that you wont tolerate being hit. If you are weaker than them, hit them with a stick. If you are going to play the "Hitting is wrong period" card, then you should stick to those guns, and you should say that two men hitting each other, two women hitting each other, and a woman hitting a man are all EQUALLY as bad as a man hitting a woman is, and Not try to spin some yarn about how it is so much worse when a man hits a woman, because the woman is automatically some frail, flimsy thing. Something that may well not be true. Women are WAY more durable and stronger than western culture gives them credit for, and they should be proud of that.)

    So, again, "off-topic", but not flamebait.

  • Re:Thanks (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Luyseyal (3154) <[swaters] [at] [luy.info]> on Saturday November 27, 2010 @05:43AM (#34357010) Homepage

    Now if they would issue 64-bit jobs for Linux hosts on LHC@Home, I would totally help!

    -l /Still registered, haven't seen a work unit in YEARS

  • by mrxak (727974) on Saturday November 27, 2010 @06:17AM (#34357114)

    Amazing what two little words can do to the comments section of slashdot. My guess is nobody actually RTFA, and everyone was too busy cracking jokes about the summary to care.

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