Saturday, November 07, 2009

Large Hadron Collider Stalled Again? By Bread?

Last year the large hadron collider was "turned on" and failed due to an electrical "glitch". After almost a year of waiting, another "glitch" prevented the collider from being activated - bread crumbs.

A few weeks ago, it was suggested that the large hadron collider could be sabotaging itself from the future.
What Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, are suggesting is that the Higgs boson, the particle that physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be “abhorrent to nature”.

What does that mean? According to Nielsen, it means that the creation of the boson at some point in the future would then ripple backwards through time to put a stop to whatever it was that had created it in the first place.
Now this hypothesis is pretty hard to accept although it was mentioned by Fox News which gives it some level of credence to a certain population.

The above represents the standard model for 12 elementary particles (quarks and leptons) and the four fundamental force carriers. The Higgs boson, in the center, anchors them all together (more here - god particle). The Higgs boson, is thought to give all other matter its mass, without which gravity could not work.

In the current television series, "Flashforward", everyone on earth got a quick glimpse of the future when the LHC was activated.

As I see it, there are 3 possibilities: first, every time we attempt to activate the LHC, something happens to cause a glitch. This would lend more credence to the "future ripple hypothesis". Second, it is activated, creates a black hole and the earth is devoured (terminator from future failed to cause glitch in LHC?), or the LHC functioned properly but in an unexpected manner. Third, and most likely, the LHC is activated, a Higgs boson is detected and we learn more about the Higgs Boson.

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