Tuesday, November 17, 2009

LHC Goes All Terminator

I love this.

The Large Hadron Collider, AKA The Big Scary Universe Munching Device is about to get switched back on again more than a year after it went down last time. The collider has run into a string of problems since it was turned on last year and Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan, have come up with an amazing theory why this might be happening.

From the New York Times...

"A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather."

This thing fascinates and terrifies me in equal measure.

Click the pic for the full article.

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