Bruce Baber (2 Nov 2010)
"FORCING THE DOOR OPEN TO PARALLEL UNIVERSES"
Long ago, mankind tried building a tower that would
reach to heaven. God kept them from building it. Long
before that, God put angels to stand guard and prevent Adam from
re-entering the garden. Millenia have passed. Yet we see
that now mankind is tempted once again to open a door he isn't
permitted to open. When I read the following article, I was
reminded of the tower of Babel and the guarded entrance to the garden
What lies on the other side of the door? Is
it heaven, or hell? Either place and it's not what we were meant
to force open. This generation has seen the the invention of the
atomic bomb, recombinant genetics and now the hadron collider.
This same generation has seen the fulfillment of numerous bible
prophecies. What is this all leading up to? We watch with
the knowledge that the allotted time for this generation is drawing to
CERN scientists eye parallel universe breakthrough
(Reuters) - Physicists probing the origins of the cosmos hope that next
year they will turn up the first proofs of the existence of concepts
long dear to science-fiction writers such as hidden worlds and extra
And as their Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN
near Geneva moves into high gear, they are talking increasingly of the
"New Physics" on the horizon that could totally change current views of
the universe and how it works.
"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."
how the "ideas" men and women in the international research centre's
Theory Group, which mulls over what could be out there beyond the reach
of any telescope, put it in CERN's staff-targeted Bulletin this month.
particles are collided in the vast underground LHC complex at
increasingly high energies, what the Bulletin article referred to
informally as the "universe's extra bits" -- if they do exist as
predicted -- should be brought into computerized, if ephemeral, view,
the theorists say.
Optimism among the hundreds of scientists
working at CERN -- in the foothills of the Jura mountains along the
border of France and Switzerland -- has grown as the initially troubled
$10 billion experiment hit its targets this year.
mid-October, Director-General Rolf Heuer told staff last weekend,
protons were being collided along the 27-km (16.8 mile) subterranean
ring at the rate of 5 million a second -- two weeks earlier than the
target date for that total.
By next year, collisions will be
occurring -- if all continues to go well -- at a rate producing what
physicists call one "inverse femtobarn," best described as a colossal
amount, of information for analysts to ponder.
collisions, at all but the speed of light, recreate what happened a
tiny fraction of a second after the primeval "Big Bang" 13.7 billion
years ago which brought the known universe and everything in it into
Despite centuries of increasingly sophisticated
observation from planet Earth, only 4 per cent of that universe is
known -- because the rest is made up of what have been called, because
they are invisible, dark matter and dark energy
particles flying off from each LHC collision are tracked at four CERN
detectors -- and then in collaborating laboratories around the globe --
to establish when and how they come together and what shapes they take.
CERN theoreticians say this could give clear signs of dimensions beyond
length, breadth, depth and time because at such high energy particles
could be tracked disappearing -- presumably into them -- and then back
into the classical four.
Parallel universes could also be hidden
within these dimensions, the thinking goes, but only in a so-called
gravitational variety in which light cannot be propagated -- a fact
which would make it nearly impossible to explore them.