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Clyde Lewis | December 6, 2019
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There was a strange story that caught my eye last night as I was filling my Facebook news feed.

Apparently, 40 homes in Ohio were evacuated after a man called 911 claiming he had sustained ‘radio frequency burns’ while building a small homemade nuclear reactor inside his garage.

The man, who is in his late 20s or early 30s, said he was building a ‘quantum physics generator’ in his garage and referenced ‘alpha waves’ and a ‘particle accelerator’ in his call to first responders.

The evacuation order was issued for several streets in the area, as a bomb squad, arson fire investigators and medics rushed to the potentially radioactive scene.

Authorities say homes were evacuated out of ‘an abundance of caution’ – not that they worried that anyone was in any harm.

Authorities are claiming that there was no hazard but the caller claimed he was burned by Alpha waves and authorities assumed that he was conducting a radioactive experiment.

A nuclear specialist who was brought to the scene found a homemade capacitor.

The device consists of two or more separate conducting plates and is used to store an electric charge.

The man who claimed to have the capacitor will undergo a mental-health examination and may face charges of inducing panic after authorities found there was no hazard.

This got me thinking – why would he need a mental health examination?

I could only assume that the man was attempting to do something odd, like perhaps attempting to do some time travel experiment.

There was no threat according to police but the question remains – what was the man trying to do?

I mean the time travel speculation is outrageous I admit but stranger things have happened in the past.

In 1994, David Charles Hahn gained some notoriety for attempting to build a homemade breeder nuclear reactor for a Boy Scout project in his mom’s Michigan backyard.

Hahn, who died in 2016, was called the Radioactive Boy Scout.

Breeder reactors are a type of nuclear reactor that generates more fissile material than they consume. They have been researched extensively for decades, and a number have been built, but the approach has largely been abandoned. Posing as a physics teacher, David managed to engage the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s director of isotope production and distribution, Donald Erb, in a scientific discussion by mail. Erb offered David tips on isolating certain radioactive elements, provided a list of isotopes that can sustain a chain reaction, and imparted a piece of information that would soon prove to be vital to David’s plans: “Nothing produces neutrons … as well as beryllium.”

When David asked Erb about the risks posed by such radioactive materials, the NRC official assured “Professor Hahn” that the “real dangers are very slight,” since possession “of any radioactive materials in quantities and forms sufficient to pose any hazard is subject to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (or equivalent) licensing.” Hahn claimed that the NRC also sent him pricing data and commercial sources for some of the radioactive wares he wanted to purchase, ostensibly for the benefit of his eager students.

It was that easy to fool the NRC?

Hahn’s efforts were eventually halted after someone called the police on August 31, 1994—he had been stopped on suspicion of “stealing tires.” Authorities soon searched his car. Hahn warned that he had radioactive materials in the vehicle, and authorities proceeded to call in other agencies, including the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the NRC, and the FBI.

It took nearly a year from Hahn’s arrest until the backyard shed was dismantled and cleaned up as a Superfund site. Hahn later served four years in the United States Navy, including service aboard the USS Enterprise, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. He also briefly served in the United States Marine Corps and then returned back to his home state.

Budding scientists seem to be fascinated with toys that are dangerous to the public and while the incident with Hahn and the man with the alleged radioactive capacitor in Ohio were handled without incident, I am sure there have been many incidents that have been carried out in rogue labs.

Back in the 1940’s Jack Parsons wanted to travel to the moon but the scientific establishment thought this was impossible. So, inspired by the pulp science fiction he was reading the 20-something Parsons built rockets in his backyard, inventing the science of rocketry as he went along and co-founding the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. But Parsons wasn’t satisfied. He also wanted to travel through dimensions in order to discover unknown worlds.

Being an occultist and a follower of Aleister Crowley he was constantly trying to mix what would be called Magik and science in order to leave this earth without rockets or time machines.

The scientific establishment thought this was impossible as well, but Parsons figured it hadn’t exactly got a good track record on what was possible or not. So he became a member of Aleister Crowley’s occult group, the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), learned magickal rituals, including the secrets of sex-magick and alongside such figures as L. Ron Hubbard and Robert Heinlein, conjured up elementals, spirits, storms and more. By day he built rockets for the military, by night he engaged in esoteric rituals. Unsurprisingly the FBI removed his security clearance, his career was destroyed, and he spiraled down amidst allegations of black magic and madness. He died at the age of 37 in an explosion in his home laboratory in Pasadena.

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Parsons was a weird hub of seemingly disparate worlds – science, science fiction, and the occult. Very little was really known about him. He was an inhabitant of footnotes and hearsay, always in the shadows.

When he blew himself up in his lab, there were some that speculated that he wanted to use explosives and esoteric rituals in order to open wormholes in time.

Some of these theories were brought in by the theories that the detonation of the atomic bomb may have opened a hole in space-time but that it closed quickly afterward.

When Oppenheimer’s bomb was set off in New Mexico, Enrico Fermi offered wagers on “whether or not the bomb would ignite the atmosphere and cause a chain reaction, and if so, whether it would merely destroy New Mexico, destroy the world or even send a huge wave into space creating turbulence and maybe take out other planets.

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It was also speculated that it actually rip a hole in space-time.

Although many scientists would like to claim that the Fermi story is a myth, there was a definite concern that a thermonuclear reaction might trigger the fusion of nitrogen nuclei in the atmosphere causing a cascade effect – enough to draw attention to anything observing us from a distance. The circle was becoming complete—what was once called magic was slowly becoming science. From channeling and ritual came a scientific attempt at opening a gateway in time.

Opening a portal, of course, was certainly a way to signal to beings in other dimensions that we were ready to communicate or at least learn more about the secrets of space-time and the universe.

The thought of fate — the future being sealed and finite is obviously becoming less of a reality as we are now realizing that not all timelines can be confined to mere sands falling through an hourglass.

The thought in existence of the idea creates that possibility. Whether it is a great lie or a remarkable truth cannot be proven or disproven only spoken of carefully as a possibility that could happen.

That is the beauty of quantum speculation and how through the endless reaches of time we can somehow develop a sense of where we are in the cosmos, however, the more you unravel it the more your mind is blown.

Now I have found the whole study of Quantum Mechanics to be fun and mind-bending – I am not a quantum physicist but I know about the terminologies and some the ideas to make me fluent enough to discuss it.

The laws of the quantum world are so bizarre that if you follow them to their logical conclusions, you get some very strange results. That’s why quantum physics is so full of thought experiments.

Albert Einstein thought the three dimensions of space were linked to time – which serves as a fourth dimension. He called this system space-time, and it’s the model of the Universe that we use today.

But Einstein also thought it was possible to fold space-time, creating a shortcut between two distant locations. This phenomenon is called a wormhole, and it can be visualized as a tunnel with two openings, each emerging at different points in space-time.

According to Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity, time is relative depending on how fast you are moving. This is the basis for real-world concepts and research on time travel.

Ohio State University Astrophysicist Paul Sutter said: “The faster you move through space, the slower you move through time.”

In fact, many people may not know this but time travel is actually already happening. Astronauts living on the International Space Station are moving faster than the people on Earth. This means that astronauts age slightly slower in space than they would back home.

One example of a modern time traveler was cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who arrived back on Earth in September 2015 after breaking the record for the longest stay in space at 879 days.

“When Mr. Padalka came back from space, he found the Earth to be 1/44th of a second to the future of where he expected it to be.”

This fact was published by Princeton physicist J. Richard Gott in his book titled, Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe.

This means that he literally traveled…into the future.

Astronauts and subatomic particles being sent a fraction of a second into the future, however, is far from the end goal of time travel. The mission, of course, would be to transport humans through the fabrics of time.

The required energy and safety measures for simple technological time travel would be immense that is why anyone who would experiment with such power would actually put the entire planet in danger.

The search for a fifth force has increased in recent decades due to two discoveries in cosmology which are not explained by current theories. It has been discovered that most of the mass of the universe is accounted for by an unknown form of matter called, dark matter.

Most physicists believe that dark matter is some new undiscovered subatomic particle, but some believe that it could be related to an unknown fundamental force. Second, it has also recently been discovered that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, which has been attributed to a form of energy called dark energy. Some physicists speculate that a form of dark energy called quintessence could be a fifth force.

This new fundamental force might be difficult to test. Gravity, for example, is such a weak force that the gravitational interaction between two objects is only significant when one of them has a great mass. Therefore, it takes very sensitive equipment to measure gravitational interactions between objects that are small compared to the Earth. The new (or “fifth”) fundamental force might similarly be weak and therefore difficult to detect.

The interest in the 5th force has prompted a lot of recent interest, as a theory of supersymmetric large extra dimensions of the universe.

Over the last two years, a Hungarian group of physicists at the Atomki Institute have observed two examples of a mysterious particle, dubbed X17, that hints at a fifth force of nature. An experiment at CERN called NA64 has also been searching for this particle, and now new upgrades may help further probe the existence (or not) of this particle.

In the NA64 experiment, scientists shoot a beam of tens of billions of electrons at a fixed target. The collision between the electrons and the atoms in the target produce particles, potentially those we have never seen before. So far, NA64 has not found any trace of X17, but even no detection is useful. It tells researchers that if the particle does indeed exist, there are certain values for the strength of the interaction between X17 and electrons that can be excluded.

By 2023, the Large Hadron Collider experiment at CERN should be able to make a definitive measurement to confirm or refute the interpretation of the Atomki anomalies as arising from a new fundamental force. In the meantime, experiments such as NA64 can continue to chip away at the possible values for the hypothetical particle’s properties, and every new analysis brings with it the possibility (however remote) of discovery,” said Jesse Thaler, a theoretical physicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

If the discovery is confirmed, it will completely change fundamental physics. X17 and similar hypothetical particles are often referred to as dark photons, and some physicists believe their existence is key to explaining other yet-to-be-confirmed theories, such as dark matter and dark energy.

This opens the door to more speculation with regards to the danger or advanced physics experiments.

China is planning on building a huge particle accelerator twice the size and seven times as powerful as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. The main goal is to reveal a new physics beyond the Standard Model and the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism along with the clues to understanding dark matter and supersymmetry also.

China Today

According to China Daily reports, this new particle accelerator will be capable of generating millions of Higgs boson particles. The Standard Model of physics, is an assembly of theories physicists have derived — and repeatedly improved — to explain the cosmos and how the smallest building blocks of our universe interact with one another. Of course, there are problems with the Standard Model remain to be solved. For instance, gravity has not yet been effectively combined into the framework.

Chinese researchers have already finished an initial conceptual design of a super-giant particle collider which will be larger and more powerful than any particle accelerator on Earth.

If everything goes as planned, the construction of the first stage project CEPC will begin between 2020 and 2025, followed by the second stage in 2040.

With the competition, you can bet that the colliders will try to out-power each other and if there is a disaster –or a problem we could face the most unimaginable end to not only the earth but time as we know it and the entire fabric of the universe.

If the colliders create a mountain of concentrated energy by crashing particles together, it can cause a “phase transition” which would tear the fabric of space-time.

This would be a cosmic calamity, not just a terrestrial one.

Respected Astrophysicist Martin Reese has serious misgivings about the safety of having both colliders increasing power to find the X-17.


Martin Rees thinks that there’s a chance the colliders could cause a “catastrophe that engulfs space itself”. That’s certainly nothing to take lightly.

Rees explains that contrary to what might be popularly imagined, the vacuum of space is not really full of mostly nothing but emptiness. The vacuum, says Rees, has in it “all the forces and particles that govern the physical world.” And it’s possible that the vacuum we can observe is actually “fragile and unstable.”

While dramatic fears have circled around the Large Hadron Collider from the start, the LHC has always maintained that the work carried out there is safe.

However, having another competing collider and the increased power should have everybody concerned.

Written by Clyde Lewis

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