By Mark Memmott

Yes, our tongue is firmly planted in our cheek:

The news that researchers in Switzerland have begun hurling protons around the Large Hadron Collider again reminds us that scientists Holger Nielsen and Masao Ninomiya have hypothesized that perhaps the reason the massive machine keeps breaking is because a "malign influence from the future" doesn't want it to work because smashing atoms may not be good for the planet.

What we really wonder, though, is whether these folks from the future know who's going to win the Super Bowl? Not that we'd do anything profitable with the information, of course.

The website of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which operates the collider, is here.

categories: Science

9:40 - November 23, 2009