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Comment Higgs might only explain rest mass (Score 1) 683

Applications for mass/gravity manipulation are possible some speculate. But not necessarily due to Higgs.

Cosmologist Marcus Chown says of the "Quantum Vacuum Intertia Hypothesis" work of (From

"Haisch is perfectly prepared to believe that the rest mass of a particle - its mass-energy - is "explained" by the Higgs mechanism and that the rest mass is intrinsic to the particle. However, Haisch believes that the inertial mass and gravitational mass of a particle are not explained by the Higgs mechanism and are not intrinsic. If they are not intrinsic then there is only one other option. They must be "extrinsic". "In other words, they must somehow arise from the interaction between a particle and the environment through which it moves," says Haisch. "That environment can only be the 'quantum vacuum'."

This might explain why the Higgs mass is small. Haisch's theory suggests a mechanism similar to the Higgs effect, but relies on Zero Point Field Quantum Fluctuations instead of The Higgs Boson, and the Electromagnetic Quantum Vacuum instead of the Higgs field. But their work also tantalizingly suggests that Gravity appears to be the same phenomenon, but behaving differently in the presence of warped space-time.

So if mass (inertial, gravitational, and rest), is a function of either Quantum fluctuations or Higgs bosons, then it might be possible to manipulate not only mass, but also gravity.

Comment NOT the first mystery missile (Score 3, Interesting) 858

This isn't the first mystery missile that has been launched near a coast that has baffled military and intelligence experts. It happened 12 months ago off the coast of Canada where THREE missiles were seen.

Comment He should stay in the UK and get help (Score 2, Insightful) 107

One of the hallmarks of many Aspies is a sense of justice. Whether true or not, he sought to bring information that was potentially important to the world out in the open--- legal or not. Once upon a time, it was illegal to allow blacks in "white" washrooms. But people broke the law (despite protests from whites and uncle toms) in order to win equal rights. Some of yesterday's wackos are today's heroes.

Similar battles for justice continue to this day. McKinnon felt he was doing the right thing. But at the same time, was not treated for a condition that is best diagnosed at an early age.

I think he's been punished enough. At this point, he needs help, not punishment in the hands of a foreign, hostile government.

Comment Re:Well it's obviously discovered (Score 1) 798

Nails are a simple human invention. Let's not simplify the matter.

Humans are actually radically different from other organisms. If we chose to, we might be able to destroy virtually all the large life forms on the planet. No other organism in history has that capacity. After billions of years, this milestone was achieved only decades ago. Hard to say that we are not different.

We can also leave a biosphere that does not permit other organisms (as far as we know) to leave without technological means.

We have used our technology to create shelters that allow us to live in harsh climates in larger numbers than would have been possible say twenty thousand years ago.

Many of us who have been exposed to physics and math realize that the complexity of the universe does not appear to be random or mystical. We can only speak of what we know. And that is that we have used our understanding of nature to create for ourselves and to understand and predict physical realities to great accuracy. This process continues in a progressive manner. And I believe we will make even more *discoveries* that (when applied) will radically alter how we live---just as we always have.

Therefore the onus is on YOU to prove that we "invent".

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