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Blame it on LHC!

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Today scientists at CERN flipped the switch on the Large Hadron Collider in an attempt to create mass from energy.  I won't even pretend to have a clue about the mathematics that goes into this experiment, but I will say that ever since I learned the equation E=MC2 I've been fascinated by the thought of turning energy into mass.

They are searching for the Higgs Boson, also called the "God Particle."  It's theorized that the Higgs Boson is the piece that solves the puzzle of how mass was first created.  

Here's some information on the Higgs Boson , courtesy of Wilipedia.  Here's a really cute rap video which explains the LHC.

Questions regarding the wisdom of this nearly $4 Billion experiment have included concern that the LHC could produce a black-hole capable of consuming the entire earth.


Relax, CERN folk have done the math and the chances of this happen are nano-of-a-nano slim and, even if they did manage to generate a black hole, it would be so unstable that it would only be a "blip" and gone. Them's layman's words.

I can't remember where, when or whether it was a dream, but I have a vague memory of hearing that, mathematically, at least, if one were to fall into a black hole it would appear to an observer that the observed would be pulled, stretched and break apart as he was pulled through the hole.  However, from the victim's perspective, it would seem that nothing had changed.  

Again, I'll have to research that for a better explanation or to determine if I simply made-up that part.

At any rate, think of the opportunities to use the LHC as a scapegoat.  Lost your keys?  Blame it on a little black hole.  Computer crash?  Must be the LHC!  Obama in the White House?  Hmmm.


So it begins

Friday, 29 August 2008

Obama - Biden or McCain - Palin.

Who in the world is Sarah Palin?  Of all the Veep choices available to McCain, why this newbie Governor from Alaska and what does she have to offer as VP?   Talk about pulling a candidate out of left field! 

She's conservative, staunchly pro-life and anti-gun control...and a woman.

You know, if McCain were in his 40's or 50's...even his 60's I'd not be so concerned about his running mate.  However, considering the average American male life expectancy, there's a slim chance this Palin will be called upon to serve as President before four years is over.  I pray not, but....

Palin is going to have a lot to prove in the next couple of months.  I hope McCain wasn't counting on women to vote for her just because she's "one of us."  Remember..."Country First."


The Attack of the Rat Brain Robot

Friday, 22 August 2008

One small Stepford man...one giant leap for science!

Wow!  Scientists at the University at Reading in the UK have built a robot with a CPU made of rat brain cells!  Is this something right out of Sci-Fi or what?  Between cloning and brain cell powered robots, the possibilities for immortality are endless.  Mwahahaha!

This is some serious science and you can read more about it here and here

I'm not sure this is "new" technology, though.  Remember how stiff, pasty-faced and human-like Al Gore appeared ten years ago?  They'd never admit it, but I think he was the first rat brained robot.

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