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Jun 27 2012

How about a nice bowl of hot quark soup?

And by hot I mean 7 trillion degrees. That’s the temperature reached by the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider or RHIC. Actually 7.2 trillion °F to be precise, making it the hottest temperature acheived by humans, and hotter than anything else we know of in the universe since the first nano-nano second after the bang.

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    richardelguru

    The rather precise lady in the voice-over says it’s 4 trillion.
    (And anyway I bet they’re just ‘Mercan trillions, not REAL échelle longue ones! Exit stage right humming ‘Rule Britannia!”)

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    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    Yeah, it’s 4 trillion Celsius.

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    blindrobin

    I guess one positive outcome of the demise of US dominance will be the forced death of Fahrenheit temperatures et al. We should have bitten the bullet years ago. That being said the UK still uses a mix out of tradition and pure bloody mindedness so it’s not surprising that we resist such change as well.

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    richardelguru

    Or possibly Kelvin?
    (I didn’t notice your ‘°F’)

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    richardelguru

    Blindrobin
    “forced death of Fahrenheit temperatures”
    I’ve always had a soft spot for old Daniel. His initial idea (fixed points 2^6 apart) was good for its time, but he suffered from an attack of History. :-(
     

    “…the UK still uses a mix out of tradition and pure bloody mindedness”
    I’m just glad the pint survived—just think a quantity that covers a place, an activity, a substance, indeed a whole culture…
    “Ah! I’m off for a pint.”

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    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    I guess when we’re talking about trillions, adding or subtracting a few hundred degrees for k doesn’t change it much?

    On a completely unrelated note, I think there’s a way for nature to top this. Two black holes with healthy accretion disks at opposite or perpindicular angles of revolution merge. Could the individual nucleons collide at higher energies in that maelstrom than in any earthly smasher? I bet they could.

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    sunsangnim

    Shit, that’s hotter than the west side of Colorado Springs right now!

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    jnorris

    But is it as hot as the Eternity in Hell that every True Christian has condemned me to? If not then i laugh, ha ha, at your 7 trillion degrees.

    Now if the humidity was high enough then 7 trillion could be uncomfortable even in the South this weekend.

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