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Science says: ghosts aren't real

You aren't fooling us, 'Ghost Hunters.'

Hey skeptics, you may have a point. Science has finally disputed the existence of ghosts, or human spirits lingering within the universe after the physical body dies.

On his BBC Radio 4 program, “The Infinite Monkey Cage,” physicist Brian Cox explained that there is not enough space for ghosts in the universe. If there were, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a.k.a. the largest particle accelerator ever created, would have registered these apparitions.

Using the LHC, scientists keep track of how particles interact with each other. If ghosts existed and passed through walls, then they would not contain matter. Instead, they would be made purely of energy. This type of energy, however, could not last because of the second law of thermodynamics.

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According to the Independent, “The only way that they would be able to avoid that would be to have an incoming source of their own spooky energy. But there is nothing to account for that in the standard model of physics or anything we've seen in the particle accelerator.”

An astrophysicist and guest on the episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson, clarified: “If I understand what you just declared, you just asserted that CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research, disproved the existence of ghosts.”

“Yes,” said Cox.

Take that, Paranormal Activity. SCIENCE.

 

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