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Black holes in Swizterland may destroy the earth


There's a bit of a debate going on about wether or not the new Hadron Collider will create stranglets, or miniature black holes that may endanger the entire planet! There's actually a lawsuit with the aim of stopping the collider form going into operation this summer, pointing to research that shows a possibility of these mini black holes being created. If this were the case, which is a tiny possibility, a stranglet would form a tiny black hole that would sink towards the center of the earth due to gravity, and it would basically just gobble up everything starting from the inside. I sense a hollywood movie in the works.

I tend to have faith in a large group of international scientists like this, especially because I highly doubt they would intentionally create something that might destroy the world. The fact that the possibility is a reality however, is kind of exciting… Either way, when this goes into operation, it's going to push our knowledge of the behavior of matter much further. Who knows what technologies might spawn from this research, the potential is vast. Can humans make it to a Class 1 civilization?

Take a listen to an interview with one of the researchers below, and remember, if the world might end this summer, live it up!


The Large Hadron Collider/ATLAS at CERN



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WarpedREVolution     Tue, May 6, 2008  Permanent link
I tend to have faith in a large group of international scientists like this, especially because I highly doubt they would intentionally create something that might destroy the world.


Upon rereading your assertion, I tend to agree that I too have faith in a large group of scientists. But, when it comes to individual scientists it is hard to accurately predict intentionality and motives. Also, this made me immediately think about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfoQsZa8F1c

we can create enough energy to unleash something like that in an instant but we can not figure out a way to provide the world with free renewable energy?
vicente     Tue, May 6, 2008  Permanent link
Good point. I read somewhere that the phrase that went through Robert Oppenheimer's mind when they tested the first successful atomic bomb was from Vishnu, "For I become death, the destoyer of worlds..." At least this time, this feat in physics is by an international group in Switzerland instead of U.S. military eh?

sjef     Tue, May 6, 2008  Permanent link
The chances of going outside right now and getting hit in the head by a frozen turd falling from the sky are greater than the chance the LHC will destroy the earth. Just because something is possible doesn't mean there is anywhere near a real chance of it happening. There are heaps of articles online dispelling those fears.

Hey if it does happen, it's not like you'll notice.

As for providing the world with free renewable energy, there is no science stopping us from doing that. It's possible. You'll find that the reasons it isn't happening boil down to politics & economics. Money & power. :/
hunter     Tue, May 6, 2008  Permanent link
Actually, there is already a movie about this, albeit not a Hollywood one.

Here is how moviemakers imagine strangelets in action:




The guys at Cern have already done two research works in order to figure out the real threat. I tend to believe them ;)
Nikola     Tue, May 6, 2008  Permanent link
What I believe is that the mass media tends to hype things up a bit. sjef said it all.
vicente     Tue, May 6, 2008  Permanent link
That was a nice clip!
hunter     Wed, May 7, 2008  Permanent link
A bit off topic, I just watched the clip I posted again and Dr Brian Cox seemed familiar. Then I remembered the he was a scientific consultant on "Sunshine". That's a great movie, I recomend it.

I found another article that debunks these horror stories, and it's on one of my favourite sites - Bad Astronomy. Read here.

EDIT: I just realized that this article is already on a list of articles posted here. Sorry! :)