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Neutrino Speed-of-Light Watch: Stephen Hawking Refuses to Comment Yet

Concerning the Italian researchers’ discovery that neutrinos may be exceeding the speed of light, this is at Reuters today: “It is premature to comment on this,” Professor Stephen Hawking, the world’s most well-known physicist, told Reuters. “Further experiments and clarifications … Continue reading

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Big Bang Buzz: Is Some Huge CERN Hadron Collider News on the Way?

Physicists are excited. The Washington Post this week has a very brief article, absent details, suggesting that maybe the CERN Large Hadron Collider has started to pick the lock on the Big Bang and the so-called God Particle (the Higgs boson): … Continue reading

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Shadows on a Distant Wall: Nikodem Poplawski Says We Might Be Living in a Black Hole

In a new theory worthy of Alice in Wonderland, the Washington Post reports today that a cosmologist, Nikodem Poplawski, posits that each black hole may contain a universe inside of it, and we ourselves may be inside a black hole: We could be … Continue reading

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Not down Alice’s rabbit hole, but down Nikodem Poplawski’s wormhole?

Indiana University Monday: IU theoretical physicist Nikodem Poplawski in research published in “Physics Letters B” uses Euclidean-based mathematical modeling to suggest that all black holes may have wormholes inside which exist universes created at the same time as the black holes. And Nikodem Poplawski’s mathematical … Continue reading

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Curly Physics? Let the Big Banging Begin!

On Monday, the Large Hadron Collider started cracking little knuckleheads of protons into one another, and here’s what the New York Times says is the ramp up schedule for ever greater energy knock-about levels (ultimately leading to Big Bang equivelent energy collisions): … Continue reading

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LHC Watch: Physicist Otto Rossler Thinks the Large Hadron Collider Could Destroy the Earth

In an interview with Alan Gillis, Otto Rossler, a Max Plank Institute chemist and physicist with 300 scientific papers to his credit, thinks the Large Hadron Collider could destroy the Earth. Here he describes his visit to CERN this summer: Alan … Continue reading

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Skeptic Magazine on the Large Hadron Collider and Black Holes

Skeptic magazine recently had a rather thorough (and I thought disturbing) article on the Large Hadron Collider and scientific opinion concerning its safety. Here’s a quote from the article: [I]n a recent version of the safety of the LHC posted … Continue reading

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Go with Throttle Up? Skeptic Magazine on the Large Hadron Collider

In reading my most recent dead tree edition of Skeptic magazine, I noticed that there were two articles on the Large Hadron Collider and the potential catastrophic effects that could come from bringing it up to full power (black holes eating the Earth, etc). … Continue reading

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Brian Cox on the CERN Large Hadron Particle Collider

In September, 2008, the CERN Large Hadron Collider was slated to fully power up, but there were glitches that have stalled (until November of 2009) its search for the Higgs boson (the particle/field responsible for making mass, and thus matter, … Continue reading

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In November of 2009, the CERN Large Hadron Collider Will Begin the Process of Replicating the First Billionth of a Second After the Big Bang

Yes, you read that right. Billionth of a second. The European particle collider will work, under controlled conditions, with energies literally billions of times hotter than the sun’s core, and most physicists think that the collider, at its highest speeds, may even generate … Continue reading

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Expert Physicists Say that the Large Hadron Collider is Safe and Won’t Create a Black Hole That Will Swallow the Earth. So How Come Conservatives Aren’t Freaked about This?

Most American conservatives (presumably) follow the expert advice of their family physicians when they are told that, say, they need to see a specialist with regard to a symptom, or need surgery. And they might well go under the knife … Continue reading

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Is the Higgs Boson (the So-Called ‘God Particle’) the Creator and Destroyer of Worlds?

The CERN Hadron Collider may soon find out, and Jared Burton directed me to an interesting article about it. (And David Bowie may have gotten there first.) But in any case, according to the New York Times yesterday, two prominent … Continue reading

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Cosmological Natural Selection and the Timeless Block Universe? Maybe All Bullshit, Says Physicist Lee Smolin

Famed multiverse theorist, physicist Lee Smolin, in a recent essay, says he isn’t sure whether he even believes in his own multiverse hypothesis anymore, but he does give it credit for having some predictive power and experimental support: An alternative … Continue reading

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