Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Large Hadron Collider: "Public" chooses 'Halo' as its new name

Large Hadron Collider: "Public" chooses 'Halo' as its new name (psst, nope!)

"The name 'Halo' sounds much catchier and should adorn the £4.4 billion experiment, according to a poll organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry in London."
Hey, how about minding your own science, royal pain in the ass chemists? I guess they were bored, when they were not reading about the LHC! lol!

"But this 'fails to reflect the drama of its mission, or the inspiration it should be conveying to the wider public,' says Dr Richard Pike, chief executive of the Society."
Yeah! Here come the chemists to remind us what's important, the public image of something!

"After sifting more than 2,500 responses, ranging from The Big Banger to Infinite Devil Machine and The Matter Splatterer, it has now selected a winner to rechristen the vast enterprise."
"The public" from the title apparently = 2,500 responses with not a single decent one quoted here lol.

"Halo conjures visions of radiant beauty, power and wisdom. The circle of light reflects the collider's form; it is a crowning achievement of science and engineering. It also gives more than a nod to the experiment's importance to religious debate."
Oh rly? It conjures up visions of a shitty overrated X-Box game for the non-English. Btw that game takes its name from Halo Megastructures, which is taken from the Ringworld sci-fi novel by Larry Niven, in which Halo Megastructures are (really) basically huge ringed Stargates which contain worlds. A Halo is another stargate symbol, obviously, and check out the last words of this post!

"But the Society has dismissed the suggestion that it was suffering from 'professional jealousy'. 'Far from it. The RSC congratulates the physics community with nothing but admiration for their amazing project - it just has a very boring name.'"
"We think you guys are doing great work, but you have no taste and we still get more chicks than you."

"James Gillies, a spokesman for CERN said: 'We're flattered that the RSC should take such an interest in our public image, and we find the name Halo to be apposite (appropriate :p). However, the LHC will not be changing its name.'"
*Guitar solo*

To reflect the endless quest to find the answer to life, the universe, and everything, some suggested Cern should name the experiment after the computer designed to do just that in Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Deep Thought.
Other favourites were:The Particrasher, E=M25, The Big Banger and Big Bang Two Point Oh, Collider-torus Rex, The Boffin's Bagel and Doughnut of Discovery.
Telegraph readers also rose to the challenge with several hundred suggestions. They came up with:
Ovid's Phaeton
The Magic Roundabout
The Genesis Engine
E42 - E for Energy, 42, from The Hitchhikers Guide
Adam Smasher
Hawkinator after Stephen Hawking
Puff The Magic Hadron
Bosonator
BOB - Biggest Of Bangs
Mr Twirly Beams
The One Ring
Stargate

2 comments:

James Ratte said...

The best selling video games says...

Halo is designed to contain an infectious parasite for study and also serve as a last resort weapon to kill all setient lifeforms which might provide host to the parasite. In the fictional work there are many Halos which collectively are referred to as "the Array", sort of like the multiplicity in the movie "Contact".

dedroidify said...

Ouch! & Thanks for that.