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Weaponization of the Atom, Self-Sabotage, and the LHC

“They are not hard to make. They will be universal if people wish to make them universal,” said J. Robert Oppenheimer a member of the Manhattan Project (1940) and inventor of the Atom Bomb which was dropped on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The weaponization of the atom bomb has seemingly not affected the development and use of the LHC thus far. The only connection is the Dan Brown novel, “Angels and Demons” which loosely deals with CERN’s ability to create antimatter and that antimatter being made into a bomb… which is impossible, so not a worry. Nuclear activity has been almost at a standstill. “In the six decades since Oppenheimer’s warning, the Nuclear club has only grown to nine members,” stated the NY Times.

Although past atomic weaponry hasn’t affected the Large Hadron Collider, an immense amount of speculation has. In an article written in Times Magazine, scientists of the LHC say that all the malfunctions of the machine are perhaps due to the LHC “sabotaging itself from the future –twisting time to generate a series of setbacks that will prevent the machine from fulfilling it’s destiny.” In the first year of it’s use, scientists were arrested for suspected terrorism, mysterious breakdowns, and one tonne (metric ton) of Helium leaked through a faulty connection, causing over 20 million dollars in repairs for the collider. Two respected scientists, Holger Bech Nielson, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, think that the Higgs Boson is possibly “abhorrent to nature.” which 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,” (Times Magazine). So, because the purpose of the Large Hadron Collider is to finally discover and study the Higgs Boson, the LHC is deliberately preventing it from working and doing just that.

[Sources: Times Online, Times]

It has been a few years since both those articles were written and the LHC has just started up again in February 2010. So far, there have been no reports of mishaps and the collider has been doing it’s job.

I found this video/rap which goes through many details of the LHC. (it’s pretty obnoxious.. but educational)

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The Higgs Boson and Other Things…

First day of March and here I am again, continuing my research for my Senior Exit Project on the Large Hadron Collider. At this point, I have too many directions I feel I can go in. I’m not sure which question or issue surrounding the machine that I should address. The scientific outcomes vs cost/consequences seems to be the most prevalent and encumbering idea I can come up with that would deal with the majority of my research thus far. Any other ideas?

I’m really hoping this does not completely confuse nor befuddle any readers. The Higgs Boson (also called the “god particle”) is a hypothetical particle that is said to exist according to the standard model used in particle physics. The Standard Model of particle physics is the study of three of of the four known forces and the particle that is affected by those forces. The four forces are electromagnetism, strong interaction, weak interaction, and the unknown force which is gravitational interaction. So, those are the forces which make up the Standard Model, now to the elementary particles which use those interactions. The big question surrounding these fundamental particles, is what causes them to have mass. The theory of the Higgs mechanism attempts to answer that question, but it adds another particle, named the Higgs Boson. The Higgs Boson is supposed to explain the origin of mass in the universe.

This cartoon explains both the Higgs mechanism and illustrates the Higgs Boson particle.

For a better view of the cartoon, click PPARC Science. The cartoon was created by CERN.

[Source: SLAC and Origins: CERN]


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