Will the wonders of the Large Hadron Collider never cease? First it didn’t blow up the world, as we all feared. Now it may be about to teach us about parallel dimensions and exotic matter and all kinds of science fiction awesomeness.
“Parallel universes, unknown forms of matter, extra dimensions… These are not the stuff of cheap science fiction but very concrete physics theories that scientists are trying to confirm with the LHC and other experiments.”This was how the “ideas” men and women in the international research center’s Theory Group, which mulls over what could be out there beyond the reach of any telescope, put it in CERN’s staff-targeted Bulletin this month.As particles are collided in the vast underground LHC complex at increasingly high energies, what the Bulletin article referred to informally as the “universe’s extra bits”—if they do exist as predicted—should be brought into computerized, if ephemeral, view, the theorists say.
According to Reuters all this good stuff could be coming as soon as next year. At least the raw data could be coming - who knows how long it will take to make sense of it all, and from there to actually do anything with it.
Still, we could be getting close to a breakthrough into alternate universes, like Sliders. Universes where Jerry O’Connell possibly never even existed. Or where there’s a very different you, living a very different life. Now is the time to check the mirror for a goatee and to find out if you’re the good twin or the evil one.