Time travel has a romance about it, and given the chance, many of us would try it. But you’d better not crank up your Tardis in anticipation just yet – you won’t be going anywherefor a while. But, Russian scientists have claimed in a research paper, time travel could be possible in just a few months, according to a Vnunet story. A pair of mathematicians, IrinaAref’eva and Igor Volovich, noticed a phenomenon as a by product of using Cern’s Large Haldron Collider (LHC). The LHC is the world’s largest scientificinstrument, a giant 27 kilometer loop internationally-run collider located under France and Switzerland. They claim that the atom-smashing of the LHC creates conditions to open a wormhole inthe future. In the paper they claim that, "Proton-proton collisions at the LHC could lead to the formation of time machines (space-time regions with closed time-like curves) whichviolate causality. One model for the time machine is a traversable wormhole. We argue that the traversable wormhole production cross section at the LHC is of the same order as the cross section forblack hole production." Fantasy? Science fiction? Who knows? But it sounds better than the alternative they posit, which sees tiny black holes under France and Switzerland. Yes, really. However, don’t get your hopes up too much. If the wormholes are created, they’ll only be marginally bigger than atoms. Now, where’s the Doctor when you need him?
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