Maybe There’s Something To It

In a recent post we mentioned that some of the boffins at CERN had begun to suggest, apparently seriously, that the problems that have dogged the development of the latest generation of high-energy particle colliders — first the Superconducting Supercollider here in the US, and more recently CERN’s Large Hadron Collider — might actually be the result of some causal interference reaching backward in time to prevent some sort of Earth-shattering disaster.

The LHC has been under repair since last year’s breakdown, and is getting close to being ready to run once again. But to the folks at CERN, it must be starting to seem as if cosmic forces really are arrayed against them. Have a look here.

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5 Comments

  1. Hmmm . . . this probably also explains why I’ve not gotten a tenured position somewhere important. Were I to sit at the levers of professorial power, my intellect would overwhelm the entire universe and thereby threaten its very existence.

    Or maybe I’ve just had bad luck?

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted November 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    No, I think you had it right in the first place. God knows what might become of the rest of us if you were given the reins.

    Posted November 7, 2009 at 12:57 am | Permalink
  3. Gee, Malcolm, thanks for the compliment . . . or ‘insult’ . . . or whatever. It’s all the same. Still, I appreciate the thought.

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted November 7, 2009 at 4:34 am | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Just kidding, Jeffery. My remark was motivated only by dread of the consequences, were you to accede to Universal suzerainty, of my frequent mis-spellings of your name.

    Posted November 7, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Permalink
  5. Those frequent misspellings have been the ‘random’ events that have kept me from power.

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted November 8, 2009 at 7:59 am | Permalink