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The Weekly Authority: 🎧 Galaxy Buds 2 Pro peek

A Galaxy Buds 2 Pro peek, Pixel 6 woes, God of War: Ragnarok release date, and more — the week's top tech news right here.
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July 9, 2022
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Case
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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 202nd edition here, with a first look at the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, Pixel 6 connectivity woes, the latest on Musk’s Twitter deal, and God of War: Ragnarok launch date.

🎮 I’ve been making the most of my new PS Plus subscription: So far I’ve finished Spider-Man: Miles Morales and am now working my way through Wytchwood, which is a strangely satisfying little game.

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Weekly Wonder

Two major things happened this week: I finished the final two episodes of Stranger Things season 4, and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was turned on again on July 5, after a four-year hiatus for upgrades.

  • The world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator is the size of a city, measuring 17 miles long (27km).
  • It’s located at CERN near Geneva in Switzerland, buried 300 feet below ground.
  • Over 12,000 scientists are involved in research there.

What does the LHC do, and why?

In simple terms, without getting too physics-y, CERN says:

“The LHC boosts particles, such as protons, which form all the matter we know. Accelerated to a speed close to that of light, they collide with other protons. These collisions produce massive particles, such as the Higgs boson or the top quark.”

The LHC has had two previous runs, from 2009-2013 and 2015-2018.

  • During those initial runs, particles collided at around one to two trillion electronvolts.
  • This time around, upgrades mean increased compactness, so particle beams are denser with particles, plus energy range is spiked, which increases the probability of a collision, providing the potential for more particle interaction.
  • Scientists want to smash protons together at up to 13.6 trillion volts on this run (record-breaking levels), in the hopes of producing particles we’ve not yet observed.
  • This run is expected to last for four years, after which the LHC will again go offline for upgrades, with the next cycle beginning in 2029.

What have we discovered so far?

  • The LHC has led to the discovery of over 50 new subatomic particles.
  • Most famously, on the last run in 2012, scientists discovered the Higgs Boson particle, also known as the “God particle,” which gives all other particles their mass. At the time of its discovery, the name “God particle” led to some conspiracy theorists believing the LHC could rip a hole in the fabric of the universe, create alternative realities, or even end the world. And that’s still the belief of many people today.
  • On this run, we’ve already discovered three new exotic particles: a pentaquark and two tetraquarks.

Will the LHC end the world?

large hadron collider meme super powers

It’s unlikely, and most people who think so might have just watched too much Stranger Things.

Scientists are hopeful that future LHC research will shed light on antimatter and dark matter by discovering as-yet-unobserved particles known as axions.

  • These are ultralight particles that are so far thought to be what provides dark matter, a substance that makes up around 27% of our universe, but which has never been seen by scientists.
  • Astrophysicist Dr. Katie Mack calmed fears online that we could be heading for an Upside Down-style scenario: “Allow me to reassure you: even though the LHC is the most powerful particle collider on Earth, it is barely a game of marbles on the cosmic scale.”

But the conspiracy theorists persist, and here are just a few examples:

Stranger Things Season 4 Part 2: 😝
On July 5 at CERN “The large Hadron Collider will be colliding particles at the highest energy we have ever done before” pic.twitter.com/LLUUKpcwga
— Danielle Elwood (@Danielle_Elwood) June 28, 2022
Me waking up in 2065 in a different dimension because I drank on the 4th of July after y’all told me not to because of CERN. pic.twitter.com/S6hM50hYJJ
— virginia finkle (@finKlEiNhoRN22) July 3, 2022

Some folks over on Reddit are also getting quite stressed that we’re going to see more Mandela Effect scenarios.

Tech Calendar

  • July 12: Nothing Phone 1 launch @ 4 PM BST (11 AM ET)
  • July 12-13: Amazon Prime Day
  • July 13: Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro launch
  • July 19: Stray lands on PS5, PS4, PC
  • July 28: Pixel 6a launch
  • August 10 (TBC): Samsung Unpacked? (new Galaxy foldables, Galaxy Watch 5 series?)
  • September 10 @ 9 PM CEST: Ubisoft Forward showcase
  • November 8: Skull and Bones release date on Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5, PC, Stadia, and Luna
  • November 9: God of War: Ragnarok launches on PlayStation 4 and 5

Tech Tweet of the Week

when the API documentation isn’t clear pic.twitter.com/gM7Mx5f6Fj
— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) July 6, 2022

Something extra: Check out the scariest near-crash on Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta yet.

Have a sunny week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.