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What's Making The Collider Fail? Could It Be Something From The Future? :)

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Is nature against it?

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Ask yourself this:

Is the The New York Times essay this week about two physicists' theory that a "malign influence from the future" wants the Large Hadron Collider to fail just a wacky story? Or, is it proof that the theory — that nature is killing the collider before it kills us — has merit?

After all, that suggestion from scientists Holger Nielsen and Masao Ninomiya wasn't anything new. Discover's Discoblog wrote about it in August 2008. And the physicists have been writing about this since at least July 2007.

So, maybe some force from the future keeps pushing this story to make it happen? Huh? Make sense, right? Wait a minute. Must adjust the tin foil.