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Distributed God Particle Search
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We're spending enormous amounts of money for larger and larger accelerators, new observatories such as the gamma ray observatory, etc.

I'm a wholehearted supporter of this kind of research, but since energetic radiation is everywhere, can't we hand out interested parties a metal plate with a sensor and a way to upload the data? (and how is there not a physics category?)

theircompetitor, Mar 05 2004

Permaglow http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Permaglow
Trigger Idea [theircompetitor, Oct 04 2004]

Surf for gravity waves http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6998163/
[theircompetitor, Feb 22 2005]

Roland Maze http://www.u.lodz.pl/~wibig/maze/ang0.htm
Distributed cosmic ray observatory. See "Other Similar Projects" section too. [wiml, Sep 14 2006]

No danger to Earth from tiny black holes http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14923900/
[theircompetitor, Sep 21 2006]

And here we are http://www.popsci.c...ide-your-smartphone
[theircompetitor, Oct 07 2011]


       This doesn't make a lick of sense to me, even after reading the "Permaglow" link below.
jutta, Sep 13 2006

       I think [tc] is after a way to make "big physics" modular and distributed, along the lines of a distributed array radiotelescope.   

       Not necessarily a bad or impossible thing, just highly unlikely that the appropriate sensors and timing structure could be connected over the internet.   

       Sort of a nano-baked solution in search of a problem.
csea, Sep 13 2006

       Ah. This works for observatories, then, but not for accelerators - I guess the first sentence threw me off. Thanks for the explanation!
jutta, Sep 13 2006

       Clearly this is not a distributed accelerator, but distributed detectors. As linked article points out, energetic collisions occur all them time.
theircompetitor, Sep 21 2006

       Apparently there's now app for that (evaluating collision data). God particle, if you are out there, I need a beer
theircompetitor, Oct 07 2011

       Not just the highly energetic particles -- also the weakly interacting ones (neutrinos), no?
mouseposture, Oct 07 2011


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