Gerry Canavan

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Weekend Links!

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I Was Given to Understand There’d Be Some Sort of ‘Flashforward’ Event Today

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July 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Kit-Kats for Everyone

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‘Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he’s from the future.’ I love this story so much I don’t even care it was an April Fool’s joke.

Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would not reveal his country of origin. “Countries do not exist where I am from. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and Kit-Kats for everyone. It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I’m here to stop it ever happening.”

Wednesday Night Quadruple Threat

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Wednesday night quadruple threat.

* Maybe my favorite science story ever: A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the [Large Hadron Collider] before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather. I love this story so much I don’t care that they’re only half-serious.

* Why Are Insurers Exempt From Antitrust Laws? Ezra Klein investigates in light of Harry Reid’s statements on the Senate floor today.

* Wes responds to his FMF critics. (Via Eli Glasner)

* One thing that’s being lost in all this discussion of the Saudi proposal that oil-producing nations be compensated for declines in oil demand is, as Jaimee reported for the Indy not that long ago, energy companies in the U.S. want the same thing.

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October 14, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Has the Large Hadron Collider Destroyed the World Yet?

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Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the world yet? Only one way to find out.

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September 10, 2008 at 1:17 am

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Completely Unserious Links

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Completely unserious links.

* Ask yourself: What would Don Draper do? What would Joan Holloway do?

* Take the Zombie Survival Quiz. I got a Z+.

* Behold the Hand Drawn Map Association.

* Three’s a trend: Is The Dark Knight cursed?

* Two good posts from Cosmic Variance: Obama backing off of plans to cut NASA’s budget and what will the Large Hadron Collider find?

* And is Michael Cera the greatest comic mind of this generation, “the Bob Newhart of the 21st century”? You know where I stand on this.

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August 5, 2008 at 2:12 am

The Machine That Ends the World

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The machine that ends the world: The Big Picture has photos of the Large Hadron Collider, the sheer scale of which is almost inconceivable.

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August 2, 2008 at 3:27 am

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[Undisclosed Location]quinox

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Today is the [Undisclosed Location]quinox, which means we’re halfway through the term. I could do this all summer. I’m not completely exhausted at all.

Clearing the decks this morning:

* What do the Dutch know that we don’t? Thousands of people in the Netherlands are preparing for the 2012 apocalypse.

* A judge has ruled that, legally speaking, Duke football completely sucks.

* Nothing makes me feel more curmudgeonly than agreeing with Christopher Hitchens about anything, but my god—you’d think Tim Russert had been president before he became the pope. And that’s before this stuff about miracles started.

* On the virtues of taking it slow as a novelist. Finally, my laziness patience has been vindicated!

* And good news from the world of science: the Large Hadron Collider probably won’t destroy the earth.

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June 25, 2008 at 11:03 am

Experimenting with new fuels for our flying saucers

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The world’s physicists have spent 14 years and $8 billion building the Large Hadron Collider, in which the colliding protons will recreate energies and conditions last seen a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. Researchers will sift the debris from these primordial recreations for clues to the nature of mass and new forces and symmetries of nature.

But Walter L. Wagner and Luis Sancho contend that scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, have played down the chances that the collider could produce, among other horrors, a tiny black hole, which, they say, could eat the Earth. Or it could spit out something called a “strangelet” that would convert our planet to a shrunken dense dead lump of something called “strange matter.” Their suit also says CERN has failed to provide an environmental impact statement as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Although it sounds bizarre, the case touches on a serious issue that has bothered scholars and scientists in recent years — namely how to estimate the risk of new groundbreaking experiments and who gets to decide whether or not to go ahead.

I’ve pointed before at one of my favorite passages from Slaughterhouse-Five, in a similar discussion. Via MeFi.

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March 29, 2008 at 5:13 pm