We are fans of science here at Sickeningly Liberal. Well, ninth grade science class was pretty lame, but that was mostly because Mr. Wellman spoke in monotone and suffered from a severe case of halitosis. Still, we applaud scientists and the greats things that they do like creating Snuggies and those shoes that light up every time you take a step. In fact, I even cite Stephen Hawking, Peter Venkman, and Dr. Emmett Brown as major influences in my life.
With all of that said, I want to officially make it clear that we support the scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider and their vision, even if it could potentially create a black hole that swallowed our solar system. For those of you not familiar with the LHC, it is a particle accelerator (aka atom smasher) that uses electric fields to “collide opposing particle beams of either protons at an energy of 7 TeV per particle or lead nuclei at an energy of 574 TeV per nucleus.”
No, I don’t really know what any of this means – I am a wordsmith, not a scientist, after all – but I do know that it has had over ten-thousand scientists work on the project over the years, and that it has to potential unlock the answers to loads of questions that physicists have been working to answer for centuries. Most importantly though, it has the potential to open doorways to other dimensions of space.
Yes, we’re talking parallel universes and shit here, folks. From a recent article on the LHC from The Register:
A top boffin at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) says that the titanic machine may possibly create or discover previously unimagined scientific phenomena, or “unknown unknowns” – for instance “an extra dimension”. “Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it,” said Sergio Bertolucci, who is Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN.
Here’s to hoping that one of these doors opens up our world to one of two things: dinosaurs… or crab people!