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Every year 9 billion dollars are spent on research toward particle colliding research, this money could be spent on much more productive areas.  There is a large portion of our population that is debt ridden and homeless struggling to make it through these tough time.  More than 40% of people in America rely on homeless shelters and community cupboards to stay afloat.  If we cut the funding for CERN we could support these people in need.  We would have the capability to build housing for these lost families, feed their hungry months, and build them a future.  1.5 million Children die of starvation every year.  Cutting the funding for CERN there would be a whole new era of prosperity that could result from a boost in population and the economy.  Another area where more money could be spent is on education.  Creating more specialized schools would be a fantastic area for spending. With more specialized schools come more specialized jobs, which would provide an opportunity to boost our economy and for people to make more money.  Every area of need could be helped with the support of the money we spend on CERN.



Could there be a link between galactic cosmic rays and cloud formation? An experiment at CERN is using the cleanest box in the world to find out

This experiment used a special cloud chamber to study possible links between galactic cosmic rays and cloud formation. Based at the Proton Synchrotron (PS) at CERN, this is the first time a high-energy physics accelerator was used to study atmospheric and climate science. The results should contribute much to our fundamental understanding of aerosols and clouds, and their effect on climate.

Cosmic rays are charged particles that bombard the Earth's atmosphere from outer space. Studies suggest they may influence cloud cover either through the formation of new aerosols (tiny particles suspended in the air that can grow to form seeds for cloud droplets) or by directly affecting clouds themselves. Clouds exert a strong influence on the Earth’s energy balance; changes of only a few per cent have an important effect on the climate. However, despite its importance for climate, aerosol formation is poorly understood. Measuring the underlying microphysics in controlled laboratory conditions is important for a better understanding of atmospheric aerosol and is the key to unravelling the possible connection between cosmic rays and clouds.

The Proton Synchrotron provides an artificial source of “cosmic rays†that simulates natural conditions between ground level and the stratosphere. A beam of particles is passed through the cloud chamber and its effects on aerosol production or on liquid or ice clouds inside the chamber are recorded and analyzed. The experiment includes an advanced cloud chamber equipped with a wide range of external instrumentation to monitor and analyses its contents. The temperature conditions anywhere in the atmosphere can be recreated within the chamber. All experimental conditions can be controlled and measured, including the “cosmic ray†intensity and the trace atmospheric vapors in the chamber, which are set to levels of only a few molecules per trillion.






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