This should end well…

By on October 13, 2012 8:10:38 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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O.K. Scientists (link) are now proposing a laser so powerful that it could actually tear a hole in space-time and boil a vacuum, according to Ryan Matthew Pierson. This from the technology which produced the 54 trillion dollar phone bill. It should cost 1 billion Pounds Sterling. Cheap… borrow it from the Chinese.

“The Ultra-High Field laser will be made up of 10 beams, each twice as powerful as the prototype lasers, allowing it to produce 200 petawatts of power – more than 100,000 times the power of the world's combined electricity production – for less than a trillionth of a second. It will cause the mysterious particles of matter and antimatter thought to make up a vacuum to be pulled apart, allowing scientists to detect the tiny electrical charges they produce. These "ghost particles", as they are known, normally annihilate one another as soon as they appear, but by using the laser to pull them apart, physicists believe they will be able to detect them. It could help to explain the mystery of why the universe contains far more matter than we have been able to detect by revealing what so called dark matter really is.” – Richard Gray (The Telegraph)

It’s actually would have 100,000 times all the electrical power produced on Earth, and be 200 times more powerful than any current laser. It would even dwarf the center of the sun in its intensity.

So why? To confirm or negate the possibility of “ghost particles” which are (apparently) subatomic particles which pop in and out of existence (our universe).

This could, then, confirm the existence of parallel universes. Of course, if it doesn’t reveal these “ghosts”, it might only mean the method was incorrect or insufficiently powerful. Oh yes, and someone is a billion Sterling richer. There are actually several European countries in the running to host it. The same folks who can’t rescue Greece or Spain…. They want to host a hole in space-time and anything which happens as a result, or comes through that hole.

Professor Wolfgang Sandner, coordinator of the Laserlab Europe network and president of the German Physics Society, said: "An extremely powerful laser should be able to pull these particles apart and keep them in existence for longer.”  That’s because these “ghost particles” apparently annihilate each other too quickly to detect and/or study them.

Sounds logical.

Look, I’m the last person you could accuse as being anti-science. This sounds to me like an interesting project which might yield a discovery which would revolutionize thinking and further research.

But….. like Mr. Pierson, I hope it doesn’t make the events of Half-Life come true.

 

Also… Fuzzy Logic could use that money for his gas and electric.

As I said: “This should end well…”    >.<

Reference video “Half-Life in 60 seconds”:

 

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October 13, 2012 8:31:05 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
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October 13, 2012 10:49:03 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I would love to have been there when they were asking for funding on this. That must have been one hell of a presentation.

I wonder what the project will be named...The Alan Parsons project?

 

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October 13, 2012 11:02:47 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

... Physicists are awesome.

 

And I always did want to make my own version of Freeman's Mind....

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October 13, 2012 11:51:48 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Progress is great. One day it will destroy the entire Earth. Why do we worry about what we drink, eat, and do to the air.

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October 13, 2012 12:18:53 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Something that intense could rip a hole in space/time or.....cause a rift in the continuum. Such a rift, if it cannot be closed and or repaired, might just suck
the world inside and then what. Weinies for everybody. ROFLMAO!

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October 13, 2012 12:51:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Ya that thing just might piss off the neighbors.

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October 13, 2012 1:21:11 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Here's hoping it creates a hilarious groundhog day situation! 

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October 13, 2012 2:03:21 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums


I thought they made this already??

Didn't they call it the "Deathstar"

 

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October 13, 2012 3:51:37 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Yep.  One of those things that fall under just because we can build it, doesn't mean we should. 

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October 13, 2012 5:28:34 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Behold.....the birth of the Shaw-Fujikawa Slip Space Engine......

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October 13, 2012 8:38:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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October 13, 2012 9:09:35 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Psh, I'm all for it! Nothing holds humanity closer together than angry aliens that want to murder-death us all to death.

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October 13, 2012 9:53:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hmmm, this reminds me of the mad scientist who liked to blow shit up... until one day, when the shit rebelled and blew him up instead.

Yup, the neighbours would see something this powerful [and pointed in their direction] as an attack, prompting them to retaliate with something equally or even more devastating.

Going up there in a shuttle or a piddling rocket ship is something they can/will tolerate, but this laser thing is a different kettle of fish, and one fraught with danger.  Yup, scientists have some of the highest IQ's on the planet, yet they can be among the stupidest creatures on the planet at the same time.

Nope, this is NOT a good idea.

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October 16, 2012 4:52:13 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

This reminds me of that Voyager episode where the crew stumbles upon a planet that's about to unleash the "Omega" particle and they had to stop them. Earth may be in the boondocks of the Milky Way galaxy, but this will diffidently  alarm any neighbors out there....

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October 17, 2012 12:37:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Who will promptly call in the rubbish removal to clean up the mess after they blow us to kingdom come.

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October 17, 2012 1:32:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Uvah,
Who will promptly call in the rubbish removal to clean up the mess after they blow us to kingdom come.

Um, there won't be any kingdom come.  Nope, these idiots will have blown it the f**k up and we'll all have to go to h*ll instead.

It's like the drunk who thought he'd sit on the bonfire to keep warm on Winter's night.  I said to him that although he could easily park his arse on the fire to warm himself up, it didn't mean that he should.  Just because these idiots can, don't make it the right thing to do... so therefore they shouldn't.

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October 17, 2012 2:38:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Scientists only look at what they 'think' will happen. Never at what the possible consequences will be. The so-called 'advancement' of science outweighs everything else.

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October 17, 2012 2:57:04 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'm guessing the people jumping to fund it are more interested in the weapon potential of the tech.

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October 17, 2012 6:17:24 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Uvah,
Scientists only look at what they 'think' will happen. Never at what the possible consequences will be. The so-called 'advancement' of science outweighs everything else.

Well, to be fair I could step outside of my house and that pressure differential introduced to the ground 'could' cause the earth to crack in half ... technically ... but I don't 'think' that it is likely to happen. Heck, we could take a whole pile of things and throw it in there. Ultimately, I say they should go for it.

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October 17, 2012 9:47:24 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I'll just put this highly relevant lecture right... here.

Trevor

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October 17, 2012 10:33:15 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums


How do you "combine" a laser in the way that pic depicts, light does not work like that...

But assuming it works I hope it opens a rift to like the elemental universe. Then I can live out my dream of harassing two of the games main characters

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October 18, 2012 4:09:20 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Man...Walternate will be here soon.  I have to hide before he ambers us all or sends the shapechangers.

Good luck with Armageddon all.

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October 18, 2012 4:50:16 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DaveRI,
I'm guessing the people jumping to fund it are more interested in the weapon potential of the tech.

Precisely, which is why I hope it bankrupts them all so's they can't weaponise anything else.

Quoting boshimi336,
Ultimately, I say they should go for it.

Okay, so a bloke down your street wants to test a nuclear device in his backyard, knowing he could take out half the neighbourhood... and you with it.?  So, he should go with that, too?

It's like Uvah said, scientists forge ahead thinking about what they hope will happen, but never about the consequences of what might happen. 

Anything powerful enough to tear apart space-time and boil a vacuum should never be built, for any reason, much less placed in the hands of idiot geniuses.

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October 18, 2012 6:18:56 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thought to consider. If these elemental particles destroyed each other all the time, without exception, then how do you explain the existence of the universe. Matter has a 0.1 % advantage over nothingness. Hence our very existence. Seems to me common sense went out the window...again. lol

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October 18, 2012 2:40:08 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Uvah,
Seems to me common sense went out the window...again.

Um, sense isn't very common, which is why these imbeciles are contemplating this scientific folly.

I'm all for scientific advancement, especially in the field of medicine and anything that improves our quality of life, but this venture is sheer madness and I would rather see the money spent on cancer research, SIDS research, finding ways to cue heart disease, etc.

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