Nerd alert! If you’re under the impression that The Big Bang Theory is a documentary about your life and worship Brian Cox as a deity, then you will have already downloaded the Large Hadron Collider app for Android smartphones. If you have no idea what the Large Hadron Collider is but still want to uncover the mysteries of life, the universe and everything in-between, then it’s probably worth your time as well.
In very simple terms, i.e. we barely understand what we’re talking about, the LHC is 27 kilometres in circumference and is situated 175 metres beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. It works by firing opposing particle beams (protons or lead nuclei) at each other in order to discover what was going on at the very beginning of time.
Android users can now get in on this ‘fun’ by watching live collision events from the underground detectors in Geneva. If that wasn’t enough to get excited about the app, you can also employ a wide variety of educational resources to discover how the different parts of the detector work, identify different types of collision, and test your LHC knowledge by playing the “Hunt the Higgs” game.
Upon downloading the LHSee app we plumped straight for the “Hunt the Higgs” game, got scared and then left. Still, geeks will love it!