Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tinkering with god...

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is, well... a very gigantic particle accelerator that lives in Franco-Swiss borderlands. And you might want to follow its progress. Why?

Because: Scientists are pretty sure that when they flick the "on" switch sometime next May(?), they will encounter the Higgs Boson particle (the so-called "god particle"), that mysterious force that gives mass to atoms, anchovies, and aircraft carriers.

Sure, that's important, but the real reason to pay attention is that there's a chance ("one in a google" say scientists) that when they crank up this collider it will either A) generate a black hole that will devour the Earth, or B) destabilize the fundamental vacuum state of the universe, causing the entire cosmos to collapse upon itself. Which is good if you're done with time and space, but not great if you've got any sort of long term plans.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There goes the neighborhood

4:51 PM  

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