'Big Bang' project put off to 2008

I read a Reuters' story on CNN's web site that CERN is using giant magnets in "First tests in a scientific project aimed at solving mysteries of the universe and the "Big Bang" which created it ..."

Now, aside from the leap in faith in this science (they seem to know that the "Big Bang"—emphasis mine, capitalization theirs—caused all this, clever "Big Bang" that it was), I am a bit concerned. The article goes on to say, "Researchers on the project, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), say this will recreate in miniature the conditions which existed nanoseconds after the Big Bang some 15 billion years ago and should allow them to see what happened next." See, I am more interested in what happened a minute or two before. I mean, what if it is the case that scientists in the previous universe were running just such an experiment? You see them all excited. "Okay. Steady. Ready to throw the switch in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and."


The stores and guns you laid up for Y2K won't help you with this one. :-)

Peter Curran, dropped me this note:
The world was due to end on 26th November 2007 when the CERN LMC inadvertently triggered a black hole. I rejoiced in this prospect, because the event would increase sales of my book, 'The Ancient Order of Moridura', with a similar theme, but then I realised that I couldn't collect my royalties because of the destruction of the planet. Life's a bitch sometimes!

However, the end of the world is postponed for a year because of problems with magnets - we must wait until April or May of 2008 for extinction and translation into another brane.

The Higgs boson must be laughing quietly, wherever it is hiding in interstellar space.
See his blog entries here and here.

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