Is String Theory losing its Grip?

Most of us don’t care one way or another,  but there are indications that the non-discovery of mini-black holes and  dearth of super-symmetric indicators at the LHC have weakened certain species of string theory, spreading gloom among  string theorists while pumping up the schandenfreude of  the Loop Quantum Graviterist crowd.  String theory seems to  touch nerves in a way that must be unpleasant when it happens.

See http://pseudomonad.blogspot.com/2011/04/top-stringer-resigns.html for example.

or http://blog.vixra.org/2011/05/08/channel-4-gets-excited-about-lhc-and-string-theory/

or Peter Woit, ever on the hunt for news of good cheer to the non-believers:  http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=3684

So, is it?  These are interesting times!

 

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