I have a habit of subscribing to e-newsletters for everything under the sun. I get updates from The Nature Conservancy, Green Hoboken, Popular Science, AIChE, Water-Tech Daily News, Theta Phi Alpha, Linked-In, just to name a few. And more than just receiving these newsletters, I always feel the need to actually read them. I am more informed of water-related news than I should be.
Anyway, I recently got an email from Brookhaven National Lab advertising their “Summer Sunday Series.” It is a really cool program in which the lab opens itself up to the public for tours of the different facilities. Last summer I took a tour of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). It was amazing. It’s rivaled only by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland. Only, the RHIC is in my own backyard, about 30 minutes from my house, so it’s much more convenient. Plus,I don’t believe the LHC is even opened to the public (because of course I’ve looked into it a few years ago).
My e-newsletter inspired me to write this blog today and to encourage anyone who is within a realistic distance from the Lab to check it out. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to see such a large-scale science project in the United States. I’m not a physics major, but I could still appreciate the 1+ mile of tunnels, subatomic particles, huge amounts of energy, and sci-fi looking detectors dedicated to understanding the constitution of our universe.
If you are like me and genuinely interested in scince (and since you are looking at Stevens, I feel confident in saying that you are), Brookhaven is a great opportunity
This is one of the major particle detectors.