Name that Particle Accelerator! Nicknames for the Large Hadron Collider
Do you think “Large Hadron Collider” (LHC) is a clunky name for the world’s biggest atom smasher? If so, you might be able to do something about it.
The Royal Society of Chemistry in London is hosting a contest to see who can come up with a better moniker for the nearly 17-mile- (27-kilometer-) long machine that operates underground near Geneva, Switzerland. As a bonus, the winner takes home £500 – equal to about $875.
In case you missed it, the LHC was finally fired up this week after years of delays. Scientists hope that the collider will open up a whole new window on physics by finding the theoretical, mass-endowing particle called the Higgs boson. Cosmology may also get a boost, as the LHC should reveal more about the energies of the Big Bang, or the “beginning” of the universe.
As for early entries in the renaming contest, sent out by the Royal Society of Chemistry in an email yesterday, my favorites include:
- The Big Banger
- Masta Blasta
- MASS (Magnificent Atom Smashing System)
- Proton Runner
Got a good nickname? Send the Royal Society of Chemistry a suggestion (tell us here, too) by September 17 and you may net almost a cool grand just for making up something silly, profound, or if you can pull it off, both.
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