US researchers from Vanderbilt University believe they are one step closer to creating time travel.
The team think that they may be able to use the Large Hadron Collider, to send a type of matter called the Higgs singlet into the past.
This means that it would be possible to send future lottery numbers to themselves in the past so that they can buy the right tickets.
It all sounds brilliant, but the downside to the cunning plan is that they are unsure if the Higgs singlet actually exists and whether the machine can produce it. A Higgs Singlet is not, as you would think, a quantum string vest which is worn by a “”God Particle” when it is sunbathing.
According to a report by AP, the Large Hadron Collider is supposed to create the Higgs boson. If it does the Higgs singlet may also appear. The God Particle is never supposed to go out without its Singlet.
The scientists think that the Singlet may be able to jump through space and time, travel through a hidden dimension, and then re-enter our dimension forward or backward in time. This makes it like Higgs socks, which normally travel in pairs. When placed into a washing machine the pair will separate with one disappearing into a hidden dimension never to be seen again.
Scientists Professor Thomas Weiler and graduate fellow Chui Man say that using a Singlet to travel through time is that it avoids all the big paradoxes.
These paradoxes include things such as is it possible to travel through time and kill your grandmother, or can Dr Who cross his own timeline.
Weiler said that because time travel is limited to these special particles, it is not possible for a man to travel back in time and murder one of his parents before he himself is born.
But if scientists could control the production of Higgs Singlets, they might be able to send SMS messages to the past or future.
However, we would have thought that he does not manage to do that. If he had, surely all he needs to do is get his future self to send him a message from the future to explain how he did it.
Maybe that is the problem. He has to build a machine to send receive the message first. We wonder what the first message will be? Lottery numbers, or “beware Daleks”, or “put some trousers on, Pond.”