The Particle Accelerator in the Living Room

Several months or perhaps even over a year ago my wife bought us a large screen plasma TV. Really, it’s mostly for her. The new computer we expect to have any day will be coming with a flat LCD monitor. No more “tube.” It wasn’t until this morning as I was reading about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that I discovered how sophisticated those old cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions were, and I’ve had to rethink my views on older technology somewhat as a result. The CRT television that anyone my age and older grew up watching was really a sort of mini-particle accelerator. Click here and read the entire explanation to understand why and how this is true.

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