Monday, April 05, 2010

Holy Crap! Really?!

Ok, I get a kick out of reading the Register's output on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) run by CERN. I didn't even know what a boffin WAS until I started reading their stuff. Very interesting stuff going on there in Geneva these days.

But, Dude... Check this out.

A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world.
Ok, my reaction was right in line with that of Brian Cox:

Professor Brian Cox, a former CERN physicist and full-time rock'n'roll TV scientist, was sympathetic to Mr Cole. "Bless him, he sounds harmless enough. At least he didn't mention bloody black holes."
 And I thought it was cute, funny even. Then I read the last paragraph.
Mr Cole was taken to a secure mental health facility in Geneva but later disappeared from his cell. Police are baffled, but not that bothered.
Wait, what? He just disappeared? Just like that? REALLY!?


  1. Check the date on that article, fra.

  2. Um, did you notice the date on the article (and read the comments)?

  3. Did you check the date on that article?

    I mean, it's unlike you to get fooled in April...

  4. "Police are baffled, but not that bothered."


  5. whoops....april first...missed the date on that one....:/

  6. The LSAG-Security Report is only half of the truth.

    CERN with the LHC is very very dangerous and the LSAG security report from CERN is telling only the "good" news, the bad ones are completely ignored or even falsified!

    See this more reliable documentation from an independent position, not like the internal "incest"-LSAG report.


  7. LMAO! doh!

    It just popped up on my Google News today, so I didn't think to check the date. Right on, CNet!


    "the hypothesized Higgs boson... 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."


    Abstract A modified Young double-slit experiment proposed by Wootters and Zurek is considered in which a system P of parallel plates covered with a photographic emulsion has been set up in the region where we would normally expect the central interference fringes. Because under certain conditions P makes it possible to conclude with much more than50% certainty through which of the two slits each particular photon passed, the relevant interference pattern becomes blurred. It is proved that this implies a retroactive effect because the setup of P and the interaction of photons with P appear to influence the momentum transferred to the photons by the edges of the slits at an earlier stage of the experiment.


    For example, the Discover article provocatively asks “Could the laws of physics be pulling us inexorably toward our prewritten fate?” — and leaves the question mark hanging in the air. Tollaksen and his group, says Discover writer Zeeya Merali, are “looking into the notion that time might flow backward, allowing the future to influence the past. By extension, the universe might have a destiny that reaches back and conspires with the past to bring the present into view. On a cosmic scale, this idea could help explain how life arose in the universe against tremendous odds. On a personal scale, it may make us question whether fate is pulling us inexorably forward and whether we have free will.” The article says that because of its usefulness, the Chapman group’s work is gaining ground and acceptance from many other physicists. The number of derivative research papers in mainstream journals (Nature, Science, etc) is exploding rapidly.

    And if THAT doesn’t completely blow your mind, how about this? A series of quantum experiments seems to actually confirm the notion that the future can influence results that happened before those measurements were even made. (Cue spooky music here.) Aharonov, Tollaksen and others made extraordinary theoretical predictions about the nature of quantum reality, sort of like the Cheshire cat story in Alice in Wonderland: “Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,” thought Alice; “but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!” The novel effects they predicted were verified in many independent experiments (about 15 other laboratories around the world have done or are doing these cutting-edge experiments). Recently they have found their way to the covers of other popular magazines such as Scientific American (Asian edition) and New Scientist (“They said it couldn’t be done – but now we can see inside the quantum world”). Even The Wall Street Journal and The Economist covered it.

  9. You bought it hook, line, and sinker. So did I when it came out; so much for critical thinking skills. "Mr Cole was attempting to disrupt by stopping supplies of Mountain Dew to the experiment's vending machines" Mountain Dew. I knew that stuff was radioactive!


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