The Quantum Pontiff

One RSS feeds I subscribe to is the one at http://www.hasthelhcdestroyedtheearth.com/. I mean, if the world is going to end, I certainly want Google reader to be the first to tell me. But today’s RSS update is, instead of the traditional “no”, different:

Bye bye everyone. This domain is not being renewed. It’s been fun.

Which means that soon when you check www.hasthelhcdestroyedtheearth.com, you may not get an answer. Which may or may not mean the LHC has destroyed the world (oh noes!) Or it may just mean that your going to find a web page filled with spam from a domain name squatter. Which is kind of the same thing, I guess.

Comments

  1. #1 Domenic Denicola
    September 8, 2009

    This travesty has been taken care of, and the website will live on :). After all, the LHC might actually (*gasp*) turn on one of these days, and then, where would we be without this awesome website?

  2. #2 Claire B
    September 9, 2009

    As harbingers of doom go, I prefer this one: http://www.hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/

  3. #3 DaveBacon
    September 9, 2009

    Claire: I keep track of both :) Redundancy is useful for the end of the world, but I guess it’s only an error detecting code…. !

  4. #4 Daniel de França MTd2
    September 10, 2009

    Hi Dave,

    The page is not merely a “NO”. You should check the html code of the page.

    Among other things, there is this message:

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  5. #5 Daniel de França MTd2
    September 10, 2009

    Hmm, the HTML message did not appear. Well, just go there and see the code.

  6. #6 Daniel de França MTd2
    September 10, 2009

    Alright, I will try again:

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    “Anesthetized monkeys exposed to 25,000
    ppm or 50,000 ppm [of freon] for 5 minutes had [cardiac] [arrhythmia]s
    including [tachycardia] and decreased contractility (U.S. EPA 1983)”

    In their paper, Coleman and de Luccia noted:

    The possibility that we are living in a false vacuum has never
    been a cheering one to contemplate. Vacuum decay is the ultimate
    ecological catastrophe; in the new vacuum there are new constants of
    nature; after vacuum decay, not only is life as we know it impossible,
    so is chemistry as we know it. However, one could always draw stoic
    comfort from the possibility that perhaps in the course of time the
    new vacuum would sustain, if not life as we know it, at least some
    structures capable of knowing joy. This possibility has now been
    eliminated.
    The second special case … applies if we are now living in the
    debris of a false vacuum … This case presents us with less
    interesting physics and with fewer occasions for rhetorical excess
    than the preceding one.

    S. Coleman and F. De Luccia (1980). “Gravitational effects on and of vacuum decay”. Physical Review D21: 3305.

    the crab always wins; it makes the baby syntacticians cry.

    this page is now tail-recursive: http://scienceblogs.com/pontiff/2008/09/lhc_ad_beware_bears.php

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    This is pretty much the content of that page.