Friday, November 06, 2009

Best. Excuse. Ever.

If you follow these things, you are no doubt aware that there is a theory (a real theory--no kidding) that the European Large Hadron Collider is being sabotaged from the future. The elusive fundamental particle known as the Higgs Boson, the raison d'ĂȘtre for the LHC, does not want to be discovered. And it's prepared to do something about it.

Case in point: the LHC has experienced another setback. It's restart has been thwarted by---bird crumbs. (Well, that's what the Higgs wants you to think.)

But we know what the Higgs is up to. We know it's behind this. From the linked article:
But the difficulties faced by those working on the project have prompted some members of the scientific community to speculate, in all seriousness, that the machine is sabotaging itself — from the future.

The theory is that the particle that physicists hope to produce might be "abhorrent to nature," so that once created it would work backwards through time to put a stop to whatever created it.

Hmm...maybe science and religion really are incompatible!

You might recall that 15 years or so ago congress killed a well-under-way homegrown super-accelerator Higgs-detecting project in the US--the SSC (Superconducting Supercollider-- the US is much better at naming stuff than those boring Europeans.) It appears that the Higgs, at that time, used the strategy of hiring lobbyists to persuade politicians to kill the project. With the LHC it is having much more fun.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:39 AM

    Hey there. New to your blog. This post was hilarious!