Art Bell was joined for the entire program by one of his favorite guests, theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, for a discussion on a variety of science-related topics.
Kaku provided an update on the problem-plagued Large Hadron Collider (LHC), while quashing a theory that suggested the giant particle accelerator was being sabotaged from the future. Kuku said the LHC is operating very smoothly now and should begin producing real data in six months. Scientists hope this colossal experiment will help them better understand the birth of our universe and prove the existence of dark mater, Kaku explained.
He commented on the Royal Society’s recent conference on extraterrestrial life and its possible effect on humanity. According to Kaku, this topic is being debated in serious academic circles for a few reasons: the discovery of numerous extrasolar planets, the Kepler Telescope, and the Allen Telescope Array (ATA). So far we have found 400 exoplanets about the size of Jupiter, Kaku said. Kepler will help us find much smaller Earth-size planets, perhaps some with liquid oceans, where life could have developed. The ATA will allow us listen for distant signals from these potential alien civilizations, he added.