The 17-mile Large Hadron Collider at CERN is back online. There are all sorts of theories about the project, never mind the incongruous statue of Kali* at its front door (so much for scientific atheism). It's very telling that it's located on a border as well- very powerful symbolism there.
I'm not exactly sure what they're up to there but the sheer scale of the project tells me that this is not merely a science project - this is a device- meant to achieve a tangible and non-theoretical goal. There is something meant to be accomplished here, something powerful and compelling enough to justify the expense- and the risk- of this project. This is the kind of money you see spent on spaceships and weapons- not theoretical niceties about subatomic particles and the Big Bang.
Science Xtra: (CNN) -- New HIV infections have fallen worldwide by 17 percent over the past eight years, a testament to prevention efforts, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday.
Science Xtra II: Andre at Alien Project links us to a very interesting article on CERN by Linda Moulton Howe.
Semi-Science Xtra: David Downey reports that the Iraqi National Museum is building a website. 15,000 pieces were stolen during the invasion and only 6,000 have been returned. Which ones are missing, hmm? I can't help but feel a connection to the main story here.
Science Xtra III: Grey points us to this fascinating link: “Something May Come Through” Large Hadron Collider “Portal”
“We’re hoping to see supersymmetry and extra dimensions,” said Bertolucci, who also postulates that, though the discovery would be ground-breaking, the event he warns of would be rather small, if noticeable. “Of course, after this tiny moment the door would again shut, bringing us back to our ‘normal’ four dimensional world … It would be a major leap in our vision of Nature, although of no practical use (for the time being, at least). And of course, no risk to the stability of our world.”That's kind of what I'm guessing this is all about.
Science Xtra IV: Sr.Psicoplasma links us here: "A Black Hole Engine That Could Power Spaceships."
Science Xtra V: StrangeEye reiterates- "the Hindu god SHIVA as a deific religio-obfuscated representation of the chemical knowledge of HYDROGEN. Such as the 1008 names of SHIVA = Atomic Mass of HYDROGEN (1.008)"
17 President Xtra: "President Obama will vow to cut US carbon emissions by 17% by 2020, when he attends the climate summit in Copenhagen." - BBC
*Er, I meant Shiva- massive Freudian slip there.