An answer to the Fermi paradox ?


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Mad as it sounds, could this be the answer to the Fermi Paradox ? Why are there no alien civilisations that we can see ? It used to be commonly assumed that they all developed nuclear weapons and wiped themselves out before they achieved interstellar spaceflight. However, as humanity leaves the cold war it seems to have survived this challenge. An alternative explanation is that all advanced civilisations question the nature of the universe that they live in, so building ever more powerful particle accelerators. Ultimately, do they uncover aspects of physics that destroys their civilisation ? (such as creating a black hole which consumes their home planet).

As the article below shows, recent failures at the LHC have begun to arouse the suspicions of more imaginative scientists. Could the failures be sabotage caused by other scientists in the future intent on preventing the experiment from happening, in order to prevent the destruction of mankind ?

Quoted from http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/02/lhc_power_failure_again/:


LHC knocked out by ANOTHER power failure

‘Birdy bread-bomber from the future’ involved?

By Lewis PageGet more from this author

Posted in Physics, 2nd December 2009 10:00GMT

Exclusive The Large Hadron Collider – most puissant particle-punisher ever assembled by the human race – has suffered another major power failure, knocking not only the atomsmasher itself but even its associated websites offline. The machine remains unserviceable at present. However its crucial cryogenics seem to have been unaffected, and no catastrophic damage is thought to have occurred.

The component believed to have downed the LHC

No baguette visible this time.

News of the outage emerged when keen amateur LHC-watchers (at independent site the LHC Portal) noticed that most of CERN’s web presence related to the Collider had disappeared. Presently much of it returned, and with it came an official account of events released by control-room staff.

It appears that a failure occurred at 01:23 Swiss time this morning in an 18,000-volt power line at the Meyrin site above the mighty collider’s subterranean circuit. This caused a power cut across the site, shutting down the main computer centre among other things and causing an abrupt cessation of operations.

However according to CERN controllers and the publicly-viewable web readouts (now back online) the LHC’s magnets stayed chilled down to their operating temperature, just 1.9 degrees above absolute zero – colder than deep space. This is critical, as re-chilling the magnets had they warmed beyond a certain point would have been a lengthy and involved process.

“Diesels cut in OK” noted the controllers, adding that the Meyrin site is now drawing limited grid power from an alternative connection via the Prevessin site. The boffins don’t anticipate resuming operations until at least 18:30 local time today. They later supplied the pic above of the faulty high-voltage component believed to have caused the problem.

The exact cause of the fault remains to be established, though in a machine so complex a lot of routine teething troubles are to be expected. However, with interest in the LHC so intense, colourful speculation is to be anticipated.

“Maybe it was a birdy bread-bomber from the future,” jokes Chris Stephens of the LHC Portal – referring to the well-known wingnut theory that that the mere possibility of the LHC unmasking certain phenomena engenders forces which act backwards through time to sabotage it before this can happen.

We ourselves find it hard not to suspect the involvement of some pan-dimensional police force, seeking to prevent humanity acquiring parallel-universe portal capability before we’re ready to use it responsibly. ®

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~ by ambulocetus27 on March 7, 2010.

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