Archive for September, 2008


A timely opportunity


Given all the other bogus crap that people have figured out how to sell on eBay, I’m surprised that no-one seems to be selling personal black hole detectors, so as to bilk those nervous about events being reported at CERN.

It’s not like a lot of research would be needed: just cut and paste a load of pseudo-scientific verbiage from New Age blogs and mix it up with some meaningless “physics” from the fringes of Audiophilia, give it a catchy name like iHole, and you’re all set. You could probably get away with shipping any fifty-cent blinky trinket, although you’d probably want to bundle it with some singing magnets, a piece of agate and a map of Switzerland for verisimilitude.

If some of my more unscrupulous readers find this a worthy avenue to venture down, they might consider giving me some credit for the idea. All I ask is that they don’t; a cut of the profits will be fine, albeit reluctantly accepted.


A Question of Unpossibility


From this Q&A page about the LHC:

Q: Can bacteria survive?

Would it be possible to put various simple bacteria into the experiment to see if they survive. We are relatively certain that plant RNA probably evolved during the Big Bang.

Animal DNA on the other hand could not and possibly came from meteorites carrying bacteria from other worlds (Panspermia theory). It would put this idea to bed if it couldn’t survive the Big Bang. (Mick)

So, what does Mick think the Big Bang is, that it was when “plant RNA probably evolved”, whereas “animal DNA could not”? (Whatever ever he means by plant RNA and animal DNA, of course, since RNA and DNA aren’t partitioned across nature like that anyway.)

And who is this we who are “relatively certain” about this?

I’m disappointed that the answer to this alleged question wasn’t just “Eh?”


In search of the Higgs Chord


Rapper-physicists herald the end of music as we know it on September 10th. Also, the world.