SOME APPARENTLY DISCONNECTED SCIENTIFIC MISCELLANIES
Most of you know what I think about CERN's Large Hadron Colllider, and my suspicions that it's about a lot more than just "particle physics". I've explored a rash of speculative hypotheses over the years with respect to the collider, including the ideas that it is really designed to explore the possibilities of hyper-dimensions (a hypothesis CERN actually admitted to), that it was conducting covert magnetic resonance studies (possibly even involving the Sun), and that it was exploring covert "data correlations" with human behavior and so on; all of them pretty wild and woolly speculations. The one thing I do not think is that it is just about "particle physics". Indeed, the more I look at the organization and its collider, the more I question the philosophical foundations of particle physics; as a friend of this website once put it to me in a private email: so they're slamming what amounts to mechanical clocks into each other in the quest to find what makes them work. Are we surprised we see shards of gears and springs?
Well, CERN wants to build an even bigger collider with a 91kilometer circuit (or about 56 miles), part of which would pass beneath Lake Geneva, according to this article shared by T.S.:
In other words, its a Large Hadron Collider On Steroids, and since we're in Amerika and learning how to non-communicate through overuse of abbreviations, that's LAHCOS.
Now I raise my speculations because, as I say, I'm increasingly skeptical about the philosophical basis behind these colliders: you get what you pay for, and in particle physics, you tend to find what you're attempting to observe. In this case, smashing the same clocks together on an even bigger raceway than the Large Hadron Collider probably will turn up smaller and smaller shards of springs and gears. What I'm increasingly skeptical about it that implied equation "smaller = more fundamental." In short, I still suspect that these large colliders are about other things than just particle physics, and that those "other things" are the real reason for their existence. Of course, I could be wrong; they might turn on their gigantic new collider some day, and discover to their (and everyone else's) surprise that their collectors have managed to snap a picture of a Feynman diagram, but for the moment, I'm betting on "the other stuff," and (call me crazy) that makes me think there may be a reason they're thinking of running part of the course of their new racetrack beneath Lake Geneva. After all, they supposedly found the Higgs.
Now, while we're talking about some apparently disconnected scientific miscellanies, T.S. also sent along an article about the Perseus Cloud, which, in case you didn't know, is a region about 500 light years wide, and only a mere 1000 or so light years away from the solar system, which appears to be forming stars and birthing planets at a pretty good clip. As the 1960s song has it, "everybody look what's going down," because something definitely appears to be happening in the Perseus cloud. What that may be is anyone's guess, and I have my own guesses, which I'll hint at here with the article T.S. shared, and with another article I searched for because T.S.'s article made me think of the question: "I wonder if all 'this' is happening inside of a 'that'?"
So here's hint number one, T.S.'s article:
And here's hint number two, and the article I found when I asked the question "I wonder of all 'this' is happening inside of a 'that'?" Answer: yes:
Now, it's important to note that this second article is really not just one hint, but two, and that the two are along entirely different lines. So here, from this NASA article, is hint 2A:
In short, it appears to be real. The reality of the line was further confirmed when Bulbul's team found the same spectral signature in X-ray emissions from 73 other galaxy clusters. Those data were gathered by Europe's XMM-Newton, a completely independent X-ray telescope.
Moreover, about a week after Bulbul team posted their paper online, a different group led by Alexey Boyarsky of Leiden University in the Netherlands reported evidence for the same spectral line in XMM-Newton observations of the Andromeda galaxy. They also confirmed the line in the outskirts of the Perseus cluster.
The spectral line appears not to come from any known type of matter, which shifts suspicion to the unknown: dark matter.
"After we submitted the paper, theoreticians came up with about 60 different dark matter types which could explain this line. Some particle physicists have jokingly called this particle a 'bulbulon'," she laughs.
The menagerie of dark matter candidates that might produce this kind of line include axions, sterile neutrinos, and "moduli dark matter" that may result from the curling up of extra dimensions in string theory.
And here's hint number 2B:
The cluster itself is immersed in an enormous 'atmosphere' of superheated plasma—and it is there that the mystery resides.
Beyond these hints for the moment I do not wish to go, I'm simply recording these articles and my hints "for the record," as it were, but I rather suspect that some of you out these already have your own high octane suspicions about my rather obvious hints, and their implications...
Do I think LAHCOS is related to the possible discovery of DM in a PC that the PC(2) ... woops, we seem to me encountering an ambiguity since there are two different PCs being referred to.... let me try again. Do I think the LAHCOS might be related to the story of the PC?
Answer: Yes. I do.
... See you on the flip side...
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