Nerds around the world are rejoicing today.
According to the BBC, scientists have hailed a successful switch-on for an enormous experiment which will recreate the conditions a few moments after the Big Bang. You can read the full article here if you feel like getting your geek on.
I caught a documentary about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on Nova a year or so ago and was struck by the scale and astronomical cost of the project, which has now reached several billion dollars. Hmm, let's see. What should we do here .... fart around with the idea of shooting particles at each other for 13 years or invest in universal health care? Now there's a quandary.
One of the stated World of Warcraft type goals of the project is to isolate the particle called the Higgs boson or God Particle. According to the theory, particles acquire their mass through interactions with an all-pervading field carried by the Higgs.
Oh boy! We'll get to see ol' Higgsyboy in action! Wooohoooo! Getting excited yet??? Me neither.
What would get me excited, however; is if someone could please take Michael Jackson's $1.5 million dollar grundies off of Ebay and place them inside of the Hadron Collider. This way, we could really see what the conditions were like in his pants during his infamous 2003 trial. What would we find? Quarks, Leptons, Leprechauns, Unicorns, Llama hair, Purple Clovers, Bubbles the Chimp, three white sequins, a tube of bleaching cream and a small sip of Pepsi. Now that would make some good baaad TV.