Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Video created and directed by Justin Wolfson, edited by John Cappello. Click here for transcription.

We recently conducted a small poll of our science readers to find out what they were looking for in our coverage. One of the things that was clear was that you wanted to know how things work – what is the technology that makes the latest science possible (and vice versa), and how does it work?

These things can be challenging to handle through text as there are often a lot of moving parts, things that really require diagrams to explain, and so on. In many ways, this video makes a better tool to help people visualize what’s going on. Since we have access to people who make great videos, we decided to give it a try.

What you’ll see above is our first attempt at explaining a pretty amazing piece of technology: the Large Hadron Collider. Almost everything about the LHC – its detectors, the data filtering, the clusters that store, share and analyze the data – is pretty amazing. But at the heart of it all, the key to making anything happen, is the fact that we have a way to accelerate objects so that they get so close to the speed of light that the difference is a rounding error. How do we do that? Hopefully after watching the video you will come up with a pretty good idea.

We have planned some additional videos in this series, focusing on scientific instruments and processes and some of the technology arising from scientific developments. But because this is partly because you asked for it, we also want to hear from you: What would you like to understand better? Leave us suggestions in the comments below.

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