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According to University Post, a scientist from the University of Copenhagen has spent over 80 hours of work and over $2,600 to build a model of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider out of 9,500 LEGO bricks. To give you some perspective, the model is at 1:50 scale. More from The University of Copenhagen:
 (via The Large Hadron Collider: Recreated with LEGOs)

Somebody should build a Lego Higgs Boson particle!

thenextweb:

According to University Post, a scientist from the University of Copenhagen has spent over 80 hours of work and over $2,600 to build a model of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider out of 9,500 LEGO bricks. To give you some perspective, the model is at 1:50 scale. More from The University of Copenhagen:

 (via The Large Hadron Collider: Recreated with LEGOs)

Somebody should build a Lego Higgs Boson particle!

CERN Physicists Looking for Parallel Universes

The infamously finicky Large Hadron Collider might someday provide evidence of parallel universes. Maybe. Possibly:

"Parallel universes, unknown forms of matter, extra dimensions… These are not the stuff of cheap science fiction but very concrete physics theories that scientists are trying to confirm with the LHC and other experiments,” Reuters quoted the international research center’s Theory Group as saying in CERN’s staff-targeted Bulletin this month.

Fringe science?

The CERN scientists say this data could provide clear signs of dimensions beyond length, width, depth and time because at such high energy particles could be tracked disappearing and then reappearing into one of the traditional four dimensions.

Parallel universes could also be hidden within these extra dimensions, the scientists theorize, but only in a gravitational variety in which light cannot be propagated, making it virtually impossible to investigate.

I have some theories myself about this, especially regarding parallel universe me. She is undoubtedly a ninja-warrior bent on world domination and must be stopped.

Via the CNET UK: 

Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he’s from the future

Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would not reveal his country of origin. “Countries do not exist where I am from. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and Kit-Kats for everyone. It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I’m here to stop it ever happening.” 

Rather too much tweed, indeed.  Mr. Cole claimed to be from the future, and seeking fuel for his “time machine power unit” (better known in America as a “flux capacitor”).

Seriously good stuff.  How can I get an interview with Mr. Cole?  I have many questions about the future.  

Cool Things Are Happening In The Universe

But you want to know what’s not cool?  That I don’t have time today to write about any of them!  

So instead, here’s a shortlist of what I would want to blather on about if I could engineer a clone of myself and force it to finish revising an unnamed academic project that holds the key to no longer having to wear a backpack in my adult life:

1. The Cloak of Invisibility:

German scientists have successfully cloaked a three-dimensional object using “transformation optics” and “laser writing” on a “woodpile photonic crystal with tailored polymer filling fraction to hide a bump in a gold reflector.”  Oh, you’re not a super-genius scientist so you don’t know what any of that means?  Let me translate: Science Make Thing Invisible.  Invisible Good.  Science Good.      

2. The Syfy Upfronts:

Syfy orders a new lineup of reality tv shows that are chimeras of other cable networks +Syfy.  For example:

-“Mr. Impossible,” a reality show about a “rogue inventor”= Syfy +Discovery Channel= Sycovery.

-“Force of Nature,” a reality show about a Feng Shui master helping sad people by using, you guessed it, Feng Shui= Syfy + HGTV= ShyGyTV

-“Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen,” a reality show about “molecular gastronimist Marcel Vigneron= Syfy + Food Channel= SyFood

-“The Dome Experiment,” a reality show about 12 people living in a sealed off bio-dome is actually a reboot of Pauly Shore’s career.  Syfy + Pauly Shore= Paulyfy    

3. A new superhero show called “Three Inches”:

"Three Inches," also greenlit by Syfy, “centers on an underachiever who gains the power to move any object using his mind, but only for a distance of three inches. He recruits a team of fellow heroes, each with their own less-than-spectacular abilities.”  The Good: The pilot was written by Harley Peyton of Twin Peaks fame.  The Bad: If the show doesn’t live up to expectations, the title of every tv critic’s review will be “Three Inches Might Not Be Enough” or “Three Inches Proves Inadequate” or “Three Inches Having a Hard Time.”  And so forth.  

4. The Large Hadron Collider breaks its own record for most awesomely huge number of particle collisions:

…and oddly enough, the world hasn’t ended.  Yet.    


What do you think will stop the LHC this time?

I’m thinking a time-traveling evil genius bent on stopping mankind from ever discovering the mythical Higgs boson particle in order to prevent the birth of his future super-genius nemesis who will in turn use the Higgs Boson to build his own time machine and prevent the time-traveling evil genius from stopping mankind from ever discovering the mythical Higgs boson particle….and…time paradox, roll credits.