CERN has been quietly back in the news this past week. Most readers here are probably aware of all the various conspiracy theories that circulate regarding CERN's Large Hadron Collider, which span the entire spectrum from the "extremely ridiculous" to "grounded absurdity." These theories, as I tried to outline in my latest book, The Third Way, like to point to CERN's supposed 666 logo, to its statue of Shiva, and so on. There are the "portal" theories and theories that the LHC will link to Saturn and that all the "old gods" of Kronos and the Age of the Titans will come tumbling through. There are, however, other more provoctative theories, including this one shared by Ms. S.H., that appear to show resonance or coupling effects between the LHC and the Sun, an idea which, if you've been following my own wild and crazy high octance speculations about the LHC, torsion-precessional effects, and resonance effects in the earth and local space, make some sense:
But now RT weighs in, and states that CERN is up to something else with its Large Hadron Collider, something having, incidentally, very little to do with particle physics (in a certain sense):
Note the meat of the article:
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is helping to create a space vessel shield that could allow explorers to travel to the far reaches of our solar system and beyond, without suffering from exposure to harmful space radiation.
Since 2013, the EU has funded the European Space Radiation Superconducting Shield (SR2S) project, a collaboration between leading scientific institutions, which CERN, based in Switzerland, has now joined.
CERN, famous for being the birthplace of the World Wide Web and hosting the Large Hadron Collider, is providing the material, which may be used in the shield. For its tests, it will be using magnesium diboride (MgB2), a record-breaking superconductor, whose properties were only discovered fourteen years ago.
Space radiation particles, which come from our sun, and other objects beyond the solar system, inflict damage on the human DNA and organs, which accumulates over time, causing conditions ranging from cancer to dementia.
“Because of this, exploration missions to Mars or other distant destinations will only become realistically possible if an effective solution is found,” says CERN.
CERN, which operates on an annual budget of about $1,100 million, says that even if its tests show that a MgB2 magnetic shield is sound, this does not mean that it can be adopted as a practical solution within years.
“There are many more challenges to overcome before a spacecraft shield can be built: various possible magnetic configurations need to be tested and compared and other key enabling technologies need to be developed,” admits CERN.
So there you have it.
Now, what I find interesting here is (1) the admission that a radiation shielding technology will have to be developed for long term human space flight (something that, even now, one can hear the giggle of glea from the Apollo hoaxer crowd; no need to write in guys), and (2) that this will have to be based upon some element of superconducting magnetism.
Now readers here will recall that a few years ago I speculated on the possible torsion effects that the LHC, and the Proton Synchrotron above it, might produce with their large rotating and(in the LHC's case, counter-rotating) fields, effects that might create "precessional" wobbles and perhaps even resonance effects in the local system. The above video seems to suggest this is a possibility, though I doubt that it will be admitted, for to do so would be tantamount to admitting that the big plaything of the Cosmology Cartel that is CERN is really not so much about particle physics as it is about other things. But what I find even more intriguing is that the LHC's superconducting "space shield" experiments are also exaclty more or less what i speculated years ago in SS Brotherhood of the Bell, that the Bell device - which was also crogenically cooled, and which also relied upon large counter-rotating torsional effects - may have been used as a hidden technology in the Apollo program not only to provide that added "ummph" but also as a shielding mechanism.
Now, if you're following all that, then it probably strikes you -as it struck me - a bit peculiar(no... make that very peculiar) that it is RT reporting on these things, for you'll probably have noticed that recently there's been this strange pattern emerging from Russian media sources that are tacitly, and very politely and very low keyedly(is that a word?) questioning the west's scientific and space institutions. Recall a few weeks ago that Russia was raising questions about Apollo, not in the form of questioning that it happened, but rather questioning the record of it, in other words, the how it happened.
And now Russia is pointing out that a significant project of CERN has little to do with probing strangelets and quark-gluon plasmas and Higgs bosons and other deities in the Standard Model pantheon, but rather is a project about shielding space vehicles from particles by superconducting rotating magnets, out of material that has some unique properties:
“But the MgB2 superconductor seems to be very well-placed to take part in this challenging adventure as, among its many advantages, there is also its ability to operate at higher temperatures (up to about 25 K) thus allowing the spacecraft to have a simplified cryogenic system. Watch this space!”
Now, what that means is that Russia has - again in a very nice, user-friendly, polite, and scientific way - pointed out that part of CERN's LHC project has nothing whatsoever to do with theoretical particle physics, and has everything to do with other, more hidden, and more pratical, aims.
And that's saying a mouthful.
See you on the flip side...