world of weird things podcast: why we need particle colliders

Particle colliders seem like an ideal example of esoteric, purely curiosity-driven science. But we’ve actually been enjoying the fruits of their discoveries for decades now.

collider exhibition by FRAY Studio
Photo from the Collider exhibition by FRAY Studio

Dr. Ian O’Neill returns to talk to us about the real world applications of particle colliders, those giant expensive atom smashers which seem to produce a lot of math and announcements peppered with terms like “gluons” and “muons” the media tends to gloss over. But in reality, these machines are turning alchemy into reality, creating extremely effective cancer treatments, and helping us solve the mysteries of the universe. In fact, you’re only listening to this podcast thanks to a particle collider…

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Articles covered or touched on in this episode…

The Micro Black Hole Dilemma, Revisited
Strange Matter, Doomsday And You
Making Quark-gluon Soup With An Atom Smasher
Why We Need To Keep Politicians Away From Science
Supercollider? I Just Met Her!
Why Yes, Science Does Equal Jobs
How To Take A Peek Inside A Neutron Star
The Deep Space Cataclysm That Keeps On Happening
What Happens When You Stick Your Head Into a Particle Accelerator
Ten Billion Times Stronger Than Steel: Scraping Under The Surface Of A Neutron Star

Related articles and further reading…

How Studying Falling Antimatter Can Eventually Help Us Treat Cancer
An Open Letter To The Standard Model
A Proton Here, A Proton There…
How To Navigate In Deep Space With Dead Stars
Are Fast Radio Bursts The Screams Of Cosmic Zombies?

Intro/outro by Absolute Valentine, courtesy of Lazerdiscs Records

# podcast // particle colliders / particle physics / scientific research / subatomic particles


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