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Sept 2015

CERN is weird.

I mean really weird.

You may recall hearing about this two or three years ago with the discovery of the 'Higgs-boson', or "God particle" (July 4, 2012). That was arguably the most expensive scientific discovery/confirmation in all of human history, but what they're up to now may very well change the course of History itself. Not kidding ~ this truly gets down-the-rabbit-hole freaky . . .

 rabbit hole


Back in 1954, twelve European countries banded together to form the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire. The acronym 'CERN' came from this and has stuck despite subsequent project name changes. Today their official title is the "European Laboratory for Particle Physics" but everyone still calls it "CERN". Pictured at top is just one small part of the immense 'Large Hadron Collider' — the physical culmination of over 60 years of CERN design and operations. To appreciate a scale of this thing, just spot the man in the photo (lower-center). The Large Hadron Collider ('LHC' for short) stands over nine stories tall and forms a complete ring some 17 miles (27 km) in circumference. The LHC is not CERN — it is just the most physically visible result of CERN's efforts over the past six decades. As Clifford Johnson (theoretical physicist and professor at the University of Southern California) puts it: "This is the largest, most complicated machine ever created by humankind, built to study the frontier of particle physics." All of this is buried 100 meters underground on the French/Switzerland border, northwest of Geneva.

CERN's LHC complex, looking due North (the city of Geneva is located to the right of this image)
 LHC map
 CERN location (map)
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 CERN location (map)
LHC underground layout, looking south (not to scale)
 LHC underground
Inside the LHC tunnel
 LHC tunnel
Four workers make precision adjustments in the Large Hadron Collider

So what does the LHC do? Below is a schematic of its underground complex showing various points of access, as well as the four collision detectors: 'ATLAS', 'ALICE', 'CMS', and 'LHCb'. CERN scientists use the LHC to spin up specialized protons to almost the speed of light (0.999999991 c, or about 3 meters per second slower than the speed of light) at close absolute zero (0°K / -273.15°C / -459.67° F) to counter the temperatures generated by these collisions (100,000 hotter than the sun!), all guided through a near-miraculous super-charged magnet system (the 27 km ring), to smash these protons right smack into each other. Once they spin up a good batch of protons, these collisions occur at a rate of about 800,000,000 per second. That's close to a billion ~ per second. Of these impacts, maybe a thousand (each second, remember) are deemed interesting enough to warrant detailed investigation by collecting data from their debris patterns inside the detectors. The analyzation of the resulting petabytes of information is itself yet another feat of astounding engineering. So much computational power is required to interpret the information resulting from these collisions that CERN invented the world-wide web so that scientists the world over could help study the results of their experiments and extrapolate meaningful data. (That's right, CERN gave us all the world wide web so that, as a handy by-product, everyone might enjoy a little thing called The Internet)

 LHC underground complex

Anyway, all of these scientists are mining the data generated by these proton collisions for evidence of exotic new particles. And this is how the long-theorized Higgs-boson was confirmed. The four different collision detectors (titled in red in the schematic, above) are designed to search for traces of varying theorized states of matter (or antimatter) (or 'dark matter') . . .

The Higgs boson was the last particle that physicists knew had to exist to round out the Standard Model of particle physics. After that, there are a huge range of predictions, but none of them are very solid. Anything new that they find will be breaking totally new ground in terms of high-energy physics, so it will be cause for major excitement. So, right now, they’re just looking for anything at all that isn’t an already known particle." — Chad Orzel, submitted in this excellent 'Forbes' article

A simulation of one of the 800 million/second proton collisions initiated through the LHC

 particle collision


ATLAS  —  One of two general purpose detectors, ATLAS is used to look for signs of new physics, including the origins of mass and extra dimensions.
CMS  —  The other general purpose detector, like ATLAS, hunted for the Higgs boson, and now looks for clues to the nature of dark matter.
ALICE  —  Studies a "fluid" form of matter called quark–gluon plasma that that is theorized to have existed shortly after the Big Bang.
LHCb  —  Equal amounts of matter and antimatter were theoretically created in the Big Bang. LHCb will try to investigate what happened to the "missing" antimatter.


Amazing Discoveries Made at CERN over the years:

1973: The discovery of neutral currents in the Gargamelle bubble chamber
1983: The discovery of W and Z bosons in the UA1 and UA2 experiments
1989: The determination of the number of light neutrino families at the Large Electron–Positron Collider (LEP) operating on the Z boson peak
1995: The first creation of antihydrogen atoms in the PS210 experiment
1999: The discovery of direct CP violation in the NA48 experiment
2010: The isolation of 38 atoms of antihydrogen
2011: Maintaining antihydrogen for over 15 minutes
2012: A boson with mass around 125 GeV/c2 consistent with long-sought Higgs boson
2015: The "International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies" (IYL 2015)

The 1984 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Carlo Rubbia and Simon van der Meer for the developments that resulted in the discoveries of the W and Z bosons.

The 1992 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to CERN staff researcher Georges Charpak "for his invention and development of particle detectors, in particular the multiwire proportional chamber."

How quarks and leptons interact with the Higgs field
(through Yukawa interaction terms)
 Yukawa Interaction

This all sounds very impressive indeed ~ but don't think for a second that I understand the difference between a 'Z boson' and a 'Φ' multiplied to the to the nth power..! These guys toy with formulas that like this ► which is waaay beyond most reasoning peoples' reasoning powers. But they built this science-fiction-scale particle accelerator, and it is working as designed. And they are pumping more and more power into this thing all the time now, aiming to bust through the fabric of Reality itself. Yet they have no idea what may happen as a result.

I am not being sensationalist about this. Their own lead scientists have openly declared they may very well tear a portal to "other dimensions" and allow "something to enter into our reality" (using their words) or possibly send something over there .. or over then. That's right, some folks conjecture that this entire experiment is designed for preliminary forays into TIME TRAVEL . . . (This may bring to mind, of course, the ill-fated 1943 "Philadelphia Experiment". Interesting timing, all of that... I wonder if findings from that crazy experiment informed the creation of CERN just a few years later, culminating today in all of this technological alchemy?)

As much as I would ♥ LOVE ♥ to embrace that idea, a few things must be settled first. To begin with, the scale at which these proton collisions take place is so small that, well, there literally is nothing smaller that can even be detected, let alone popped through like some kind of doorway. We're talking quark-level theory, here. CERN scientists like to point out that anything they create as a result of their near-light-speed super-sub-zero-temp proton collisions lasts only for the merest fraction of a billionth of a second before "winking out of reality". To gain a grasp on just how small this all is, check out this interactive "Scale of the Universe" (© 2012 Cary and Michael Huang) ~ but be warned: once you start messing around with this, you may lose time from your own life ..it is so fascinating!

Cary and Michael Huang's interactive "Scale of the Universe"
 Scale of the Universe

Despite all of this, none of CERN's "too-small/short-life" assurances have quelled the fears of leading scientists around the world who have formally protested their attempts to tear at the very fabric of Reality itself. They worry that the good folks at the LHC might inadvertently produce a black hole which, infinitesimally small though it would be to start with, could possibly and right quickly devour the entire planet ...and eventually our entire solar system. (Look it up ~ these reports were widely circulated in papers, magazines, and the internet a couple of years ago)

In response, CERN posted this cheeky website:

"Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the world yet?"

So, after discovering the Higgs-boson and scoring (another) Nobel Prize, CERN scientists refit the LHC to handle a LOT more power in hopes of identifying, perhaps even recreating, the 'glue' that literally holds together the fabric of Reality.  W00T!  And this is where things start getting really surreal . . .

First, they celebrated their anticipated achievements by filming a professionally choreographed dance number with a fully operatic score, featuring LHC workers in hard hats gyrating around the facilities in expressive twirls and displays of unabashed exuberance. Seriously. This is intercut with mystical portal imagery, including a bizarre desert sequence where the hero dances about in his underwear and an office shirt, and other writhing figures just sort of float about, nearly nude, in darkness. This is explained in part through this article (including a trailer of this film) . . .

"Symmetry" tells the story of a CERN researcher who rediscovers love through the song and dance of the infinite cosmos. It follows Lukas, a CERN physicist, hard at work using the LHC to search for the smallest particle in existence, when a ghostly woman appears, asking him if he loves the particle more than he loves himself, and, if he could, would he become one with the particle?



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Honestly ~ Name the last time you have ever heard of some kind of Dance Celebration produced for any scientific endeavor like, say, the Human Genome Project..? Or anything — ever...

Why would they even think to do something like this?

And more importantly, why would they specifically emulate the
goddess Shiva's "Dance of Destruction" in their choreography?

    ~     Boogie Down with shiva     ~
 CERN dance

Oh .. you don't know about this? Without plunging too deeply down into the tangled weeds of Hinduism, Kali and Shiva are a pair of gods responsible for a mythological Dance of Destruction that supposedly destroys all of reality in favor of their creating a new reality... If this sounds like shades of 2012's Mayan-calendar weirdness, just consider their common source ~ hint: it's NOT the Living GOD. Oh, but it gets better from here (or worse, depending on how you look at it) . . .

In book of Revelation (Revelation 9:1-11), the Bible describes a time near the end of human history when "the abyss" is opened up to release demons of unimaginable ferocity upon the earth. Verse 9:11 (interesting coincidence) identifies the [fallen] angel appointed to reign over this pit as "Abaddon" (Hebrew) or "Apollyon" (Greek), both of which mean: Destroyer. This article goes into some detail about the curious choice of location for CERN's LHC operations — check this out:

The actual township where CERN is located is called “Saint-Genus-Poilly“. Originally “Appolliacum,” named after the god “APOLLO,” because the people who lived there believed that it is a gateway to the underworld(!) It is interesting that CERN is built right there, on that spot… and announcing that they are trying to open a gateway. God locked the demons into the earth – and man is trying to unlock the gate and release them!

Outside of CERN's LHC headquarters stands a Kali/Shiva statue, pictured below. As an added bonus, I will include the 'artistic display' of Kali recently cast upon the Empire State Building as part of a nature-themed exhibit, which itself is strange. I mean, doesn't it seem a bit suspicious that, tucked in among dozens of great-looking animal images, suddenly this darkening, tongue-extending animated display of Kiva appears .. . ? ??


So, back to CERN & the LHC: What would some bizarro dance celebration/ritual have to do with SCIENCE? ~ at all?

You don't just build and mount a big old statue of a Hindu goddess on accident.  "Oops! How did that happen?"  You don't just run down to Walmart and pick one up. Such a thing had to be planned, commissioned, designed, built, and installed. It was, and is, completely intentional. Many believe it is precisely the symbol of what CERN is ultimately all about. Some suggest that the flaming ring fashioned around this dancing statue mimics the LHC itself. All of this might still seem relatively harmless and easily shrugged off if not for the leaders of CERN themselves declaring that they expect to open a portal to another dimension but openly admit they do not understand what they may bring forth!

But wait. There's more . . .

 CERN Logo

Have you seen their carefully-designed logo?

(I warned you about the rabbit-hole) There is an easily discernable "666" pattern visible in their logo. Oh sure.. this might just be a happy coincidence, but having worked in and around the Graphics Design world for some 20 years now, I can attest that NO company's logo is just slapped together without a whole lot of thought. Serious Money is spent on research to test-market their image, a logo's potential meaning (cross-culturally, socially and politically) — all manner of care is wrapped around the self-identifying visual representation of one's company or organization. Your corporate logo is meant to be recognizable in every conceivable way. This is intentional. The fact that they chose this sort of design over every other conceivable concept/variation that could otherwise represent CERN's focus and efforts in a myriad of other graphical ways . . . well, it leans conspicuously close to eschatological symbolism by their own design.

Which opens up a whole new can of worms (or portal ~ heh.. sorry!) involving yet another slice of Biblical history: the tower of Babel. If you are unfamiliar with this account, it can be found in Genesis 11:1-9 and describes how mankind was still unified at that time in one language and singular culture. They came together in one area for the purpose of building a tower as the physical manifestation the culmination of human pride and creative/artistic engineering. The Bible then records a curious observation that really serves to fire one's imagination. God said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” Their attempt to build a grand tower was not the issue as such; it was their unified pride (God's most hated #1 sin) that brought His judgment to confound their language. This in turn drove mankind to disperse into different people groups and ultimately form unique nationalities. (For a super interesting study, take some time to investigate how languages throughout recorded history continue to devolve from a single, unified ancient dialect. This is a trans-Biblical topic supported by secular linguistic science)

So. Why bring this up in regards to CERN?

There are about 190 nations on earth, give or take. (This number always fluctuates depending on territorial disputes and ongoing internal and international politics) According to CERN's own website: "Some 10,000 visiting scientists from over 113 countries – half of the world’s particle physicists – come to CERN for their research." This encompasses all First World nations and a good percentage of the remaining nations on earth, so it is no exaggeration to identify CERN as a world-unifying effort. Nationally speaking, virtually ALL of humankind is involved in this project. It certainly took resources from so many countries over decades to fund, coordinate and manage resources, then build the LHC. So, in a very real sense, humankind is really only reasserting its efforts to punch through the boundaries God has established, even celebrating their efforts through strange pagan-like rituals.  O.o

For another eerie splash in the face, check out "Google Images" sometime and compare the United Nations building with virtually ever historic representation of the Tower of Babel. The similarities in architecture and design are striking, built to expressly represent in the tangible realm a physical manifestation of the United Nations' ambitions, goals and intentions.

 IYL 2015

Then there is this to consider... This year, 2015, has seen the greatest upgrade to the LHC yet, pushing it to collide particles at 13 TeV (scientific notes on what that means: link 1 / link 2). The 68th Session of the UN General Assembly declared 2015 the "International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies", complete with a bevy of international events planned throughout the year. More weirdly LHC-related and CERN-centric celebrations . . .

Why so much excitement in this arena, and why for this year in particular?

Some answers may be found in a number of yes-it-gets-even-stranger anomalies recorded since first firing up the LHC in earnest. Back in 2009, Norway and Sweden were witness to a very public display of a bright rotating spiral in the sky. It is estimated to have spanned 150 miles in diameter, seemed directed/controlled by an evident steady blue beam, and was consumed by a black hole (not a "Black Hole", just a dark hole) growing from the center. This happened on December 9, 2009, and was witnessed by hundreds, maybe thousands of people. (And video'd) News outlets conjectured that it might be some strange new phenomenon, despite its very self-evident unnatural behavior. After plenty of supposition on the part of the mainstream media, a eventually formed that this just happened to be an errant intercontinental missile test-fired by Russia that malfunctioned in mid-flight. Russia vehemently denied this — besides, they would not be test-firing missiles of any kind over a widely populated region. Yet within 24 hours, Russia abruptly changed their military stance and agreed to this account. Yet even a spinning missile could not cause the large-scale effects on display, and certainly not with the peculiar antics clearly visible in multiple civilian videos.

Stranger still, this kind of thing keeps happening all around the world now! Over Perth, Australia, on December 21, 2012 (Maya Calendar day!) / over the Middle East, over western Canada (though I must say the footage for this one looks a bit too slick to be real, imho) —

But here's my query: If the sudden misfiring of Russian test missiles suddenly erupting all around the globe does not provide a satisfactory answer, then what ARE these phenomena? Plenty of people are quick to blame HAARP operations (another rabbit trail in its own right). However, it is interesting to note that experiments run at the LHC seem to correspond to the timing of these strange sightings.

 sky spiral

Now — I am not declaring that CERN and the LHC are causing these. Like most of humanity, I just don't know. But these sudden new atmospheric occurrences are real, they are really happening, and have only started showing up once the LHC kicked up practical operations. Frankly, missiles suddenly going wonky all over the world and in such eerily similar ways, creating visual anomalies waaaaay too large for their forces in play ~ it just does not add up for me. Something else is generating these bizarre spirals. I'm just including them here because of the timing of it, and the inter-dimensional, multi-portal theories bouncing around the www in the wake of every major LHC experiment . . . and because it is just fun to wonder what this is all about!

Speaking of dimensional doorways, although CERN scoffs at the idea that ridiculously tiny sub-atomic collisions could pose any kind of problem in the real world, I hasten to point out that it is widely theorized where dimensional intersections are involved, ANY weakness, even so seemingly insignificant as a molecular pinprick on this side, might very well afford substantial enough leverage required by an opposing force to budge through, perhaps widening the gap like a cosmic wedge . . .

CERN is at present finalizing its next-generation version internet support, called "the Grid", which is a much heftier version of the world wide web. (Some good info about the WLCG with a nice graphic showing the data transfer throughput per detector) For the first time ever, CERN is now pumping just under the maximum possible power it can, at full capacity, into the LHC, "just to see what happens," they tell us, between giddy dances expressing their 'particle love' .. or whatever they call that. (I understand the scientists at CERN don't all flail about like whirling dervishes .. much .. . but it still seems completely off-base to literally CELEBRATE their sciencey achievements in such a fashion ~ it just doesn't make any kind of Real Science sense...)

The whole thing just smacks of some serious off-the-chart weirdness. I'm not talking about luddite 'down-with-technology' lunacy, but a more common lunacy all too prevalent in humankind, a lunacy that infects even our best efforts when pursuing our premiere powers through terrestrial reasoning. The saying "pride comes before a fall" is not true because it's in the Bible (Proverbs 16:18) — it's true because it is true. It usually happens when mankind puffs out his chest and declares to the Cosmos, "Hey now, check ME out!" (Consider the "unsinkable" TITANIC)

I conclude with a smattering of helpful (or at least thought-provoking) articles and web lynx for further investigation, if you are so inclined. But be warned: as bizarre as my findings may seem, this presented material is just scraping the top of the cake. You may want to keep in mind this critical maxim:

·        THE CAKE IS A LIE        ·  

"The LHC - The Large Hadron Collider. What is the LHC, how does it work?" [VIDEO] (6¼ min)
  — [British narrator explains CERN in simple terms]

"The History of CERN: Discoveries and Experiments" [VIDEO] (5-min)
  — [A WatchMojo informative video]

"CERN in 3 Minutes" [VIDEO] (4-min [¿?])
  — [No narration, just dramatic music & visuals]

"Big Bang Machine CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC)" [VIDEO] (1 hr 5 min)
  — [PBS NOVA © 2015 / BBC documentary]

"Inside the Large Hadron Collider at CERN" [VIDEO] (3¼ min)
  — [Excellent first-person tour of the LHC]

"The Hunt for Antimatter at the LHC CERN (LHCb)" [VIDEO] (1½ min)
  — [A quick intro to the search for antimatter]

"Why Antimatter Matters" [VIDEO] (18 min)
  — [TEDxTalk: anti-quarks & anti-leptons "so ridiculously rare" ~ watch at 16:41 & 17:44 in particular]

"Putting Your Hand In the Large Hadron Collider" [VIDEO] (13¼ min)
  — [Finally some answers to practical questions!]


"10 Things About the Large Hadron Collider You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask" (9/12/08) Alex Santoso
  — [Great presentation of interesting LHC FAQ's ]

"Eight Things To Know As The Large Hadron Collider Breaks Energy Records" (5/21/15) Chad Orzel
  — [Another great simple-explanation article]

"LHC - The Mother of All Experiments" (6/19/15) Martin Hieslmair
  — [Excellent source of facts, photos, and a couple videos]

"First Lead-Ion Collisions in the LHC" (11/8/10) Katie Yurkewicz
  — [Great detector simulation imagery]

"High Energy Frontier - anticipated results from the Large Hadronic Collider" (2/26/09) D Trapp
  — [Thoughtful and pretty deep explanation of how the LHC functions]

"A Statistical Analysis of the ATLAS Detector" (4/20/12) Eric Williams (Columbia University)
  — [Detailed self-pace slide show going way down into the technical weeds]

"Jet quenching" ([3+ years ago]) Christine Nattrass (working with the detector 'ALICE')
  — [Quarks, Gluons, Photons, & Forces]

"The Large Hadron Collider" (9/19/07) Lyndon Evans
  — [The LHC explained in great slathering detail]

"LHC Facilities Photo Gallery" (2006+) [various]
  — [Lotza lynx: photos galore — you can tour the LHC]

"The Fantastic Machine That Found the Higgs Boson" (2006+) [various]
  — [Oversized photos = wallpapers of LHC and facilities]

"The Accelerator Complex" (CERN's main link page)
  — [Great 6-minute video and excellent CERN source lynx]

"Meet the pentaquark, just spotted at CERN's Large Hadron Collider" (7/16/15) Eryn Brown
  — [Another theorized elusive particle is confirmed]

"Inside CERN and the Opening of a Stargate" (6/20/15) ) Jim Duke
  — [This guy goes even further off the cliff than I do . . .]

"The Accelerator Complex" (CERN's main link page)
  — [Great 6-minute video and excellent CERN source lynx]

"Interesting Facts about the LHC" (April 2004) Hazel Morris
  — [Super interesting factoids about our favorite particle accelerator]

"And More Interesting Facts..." (CERN FAQ's)
  — [Answers a few more questions like . . . ]


"Why a 27 km ring?"

For the answer to this we have to turn Einstein's special theory of relativity.

Basically the relativistic mass of a particle increases with velocity and tends to infinity as the velocity approaches the speed of light.

In practical terms our protons are moving a very small fraction below the speed of light. As we increase the energy (and momentum) they only get a very small fraction closer to the velocity of light - never reaching it. However, their energy and momentum do increase considerably.

For a given momentum, our magnets need to provide a force necessary to bend the beam around in the 27 km. The increase in momentum is exactly reflected in the increased force we have to apply with these magnets as we increase the energy of the beam.

The size of the LHC is basically determined by the maximum strength of our dipole magnets. If the ring were smaller they would have to be a lot stronger.

For even more intense details, check out this link.

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