Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"It all started with the big bang"*

I have good news (unfortunately not related to my attempts at being a published novelist...all in due time, my precious)! The Large Hadron Collider is back from hiatus and has created primordial matter. Seriously, this is very exciting news!

Just a little over a month ago, the LHC set a record when it started smashing tiny particles together at 10 million collisions per second. Well, it has now smashed its own smashing record and is now running at 100 million collisions per second (muuhaaahaaa...that's evil scientist laugh...duh!).

This super smashing power is what has led to the creation of primordial matter, a super dense form of matter called a quark-gluon plasma. In fact, the only thing believed to be denser than this primordial matter is a black hole (and we sure don't want the LHC to create that). Scientists also believe that this substance is what the universe was made of right after the big bang.

As for the elusive (and still theoretical) Higgs boson (a.k.a. the god Particle), which is thought to be the most fundamental of all particles and the clue to the mysteries of the universe, that hasn't been discovered yet. If it does exist, it may be discovered as early as some time this summer. If it doesn't exist, it will take until the end of 2012 to confirm that.

Hopefully, we will know all this before the world ends on December 21, 2012. That is unless it ends on October 21, 2011. Then I hope we find the Higgs boson before then. It would be such a shame for the world to end before we discover the secrets of the universe (and before I get a book deal!).

*Barenaked Ladies