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20th-Sep-2008 03:56 pm
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A year and a half? Well, somebody has to post something sooner or later.

After the news of the LHC problems, I've been polling google for news, and I came upon these words of insight from the "online newspaper of the year", The Australian.

"The sector that was damaged will need to be warmed up well above absolute zero for repairs to be made, Associated Press has reported."


Seriously? I guess you could interpret it as correct, with a little necker-cubing, but I mean, if someone said you needed to heat something to over 30 degrees, you'd assume it was below 30 degrees to start with, right? What does that quote say, or imply to readers who already seem to have trouble with terms like absolute zero or light-year etc.

Thought I'd prod the community, really.
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20th-Sep-2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Well, I would imagine that elsewhere in the article, it had mentioned that everything needed to be close to absolute zero. In your example, if I read something that said "It is very important that everything be close to 20 degrees, but it will have to be warmed up to above 30 degrees for repairs." then that would be different.
20th-Sep-2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Actually, it didn't. I was wondering why you didn't see that yourself but discovered that they've pulled the article and replaced it with another, similar one about the LHC with different text and a new picture. I don't understand why a site would do that and reuse the same link :/

Anyway, no, it was a noddy article that didn't mention any science apart from that one quote.
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