CERN’s Large Hadron Collider due for final completion this year. The international project has captured the imaginations of science enthusiasts, as well as science-fiction enthusiasts.
The collider’s power has been doubled now, and it will have many times more power than any other comparable facility in the world, and with that power comes many other unknown potentials. Scientists at CERN believe that next week’s experiment in search of the highly illusive Higgs boson, aka the ‘God Particle’ – could be a game changer.
The questions are swirling right now. Top of the list is: will the collider be used to hack into a modern Pandora’s Box, and what are the risks, if any, involved? Other inquisitors are asking: is it a Stargate – in other words, can it transcend the multidimensional universe to explore new realms of quantum physics?
We’ll see. Until then, the questions will keep coming…
Scientists at Large Hadron Collider hope to make contact with PARALLEL UNIVERSE in days
The staggeringly complex LHC ‘atom smasher’ at the CERN centre in Geneva, Switzerland, will be fired up to its highest energy levels ever in a bid to detect — or even create — miniature black holes.
If successful a completely new universe will be revealed — rewriting not only the physics books but the philosophy books too.
It is even possible that gravity from our own universe may ‘leak’ into this parallel universe, scientists at the LHC say.
The experiment is sure to inflame alarmist critics of the LHC, many of whom initially warned the high energy particle collider would spell the end of our universe with the creation a black hole of its own.
But so far Geneva remains intact and comfortably outside the event horizon.
Indeed the LHC has been spectacularly successful. First scientists proved the existence of the elusive Higgs boson ‘God particle’ — a key building block of the universe — and it is seemingly well on the way to nailing ‘dark matter’ — a previously undetectable theoretical possibility that is now thought to make up the majority of matter in the universe.
But next week’s experiment is considered to be a game changer.
Mir Faizal, one of the three-strong team of physicists behind the experiment, said: “Just as many parallel sheets of paper, which are two dimensional objects [breadth and length] can exist in a third dimension [height], parallel universes can also exist in higher dimensions.
“We predict that gravity can leak into extra dimensions, and if it does, then miniature black holes can be produced at the LHC.
“Normally, when people think of the multiverse, they think of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, where every possibility is actualised.
“This cannot be tested and so it is philosophy and not science.
“This is not what we mean by parallel universes. What we mean is real universes in extra dimensions…
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GENEVA (Reuters) — Scientists at Europe’s CERN research center have had to postpone the imminent relaunch of their refitted ‘Big Bang’ machine, the Large Hadron Collider, because of a short-circuit in the wiring of one of the vital magnets. “Current indications suggest a delay of between a few days and several weeks,” a statement from