Thursday, December 16, 2010

LHC spots no black holes, eliminates some versions of string theory

LHC spots no black holes, eliminates some versions of string theory
By John Timmer

"The results continue to pour out of the LHC's first production run. This week, the folks behind the CMS detector have announced the submission of a paper to Physics Letters that describes a test of some forms of string theory. If this form of the theory were right, the LHC should have been able to produce small black holes that would instantly decay (and not, as some had feared, devour the Earth). But a look at the data obtained by CMS shows that a signature of the black holes' decay is notably absent."

More cool science news from the LHC.  A while back I remember watching something on the Science Channel (if I remember right) about the origins of the Universe and how the mathematics of String Theory wasn't working.  Here's some practical experimentation to go with the theoretical side of things.

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