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paulbooker asked the Naked Scientists: Do you think we are coming to the end of experimental high energy physics?What do you think?
a particle with 1 PeV (1 petaelectron volt = 1x1015 joules) has enough energy to satisfy the yearly energy consumption of Greenland!
the energies of the most energetic ultra-high-energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) have been observed to approach 3 × 1020 eV, about 40 million times the energy of particles accelerated by the Large Hadron Collider. At 50 J, the highest-energy ultra-high-energy cosmic rays have energies comparable to the kinetic energy of a 90-kilometre-per-hour (56 mph) baseball
Unless Greenland really thrives on baseball, I think your calculator added a few zeroes, Pete!
Peta Joule - (PJ) = 1x1015 J = yearly electricity consumption in Greenland as of 2008
.....Ok, it's still much less than the famous Oh-My-God particle (yes, that exists, I did not make up that name!!! ) which had almost a zettaelectronvolt of energy That is about equivalent to a 142 g baseball traveling at about 100 kilometers per hour! (not the world energy consumption, if you also misread the wikipedia table as I did ).
Talking about the Higgs boson, what is the relationship between it and inertia? I must admit to knowing next to nothing about the Higgs boson.