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Thats because the worlds largest Hadron Collider will go online, which will be capable of creating black holes that will suck the Earth and the Universe into it.

We’re doomed! Doomed I tell ya!

Right, just had to get that off my chest. So silly scaremongering aside, Here’s the Science:

The 17-mile-long ring, located 100mtrs below the French-Swiss border is the world’s most powerful—and most talked about—particle accelerator will begin collecting experimental data. The LHC’s research potential is staggering, with physicists hoping to use the accelerator’s extremely high-energy proton collisions to generate a range of theoretical particles. Some of those particles could help us to understand the nature of mass, including the as-yet-undetectable dark matter that accounts for so much of the universe’s mass. Other particles might prove the existence of extra dimensions, or lead to entirely new theories or physical laws.

Physicists have pointed out that the microscopic black holes the collider could generate would disappear almost instantly, without wreaking any havoc on the accelerator or the rest of world.

There has been some doom mongering from various sources, which I do find amazing, and the following comment from some fellow struck me:

“I have come to the conclusion that human beings will always conduct experiments no matter how dangerous they are. We will keep pushing until an experiment doesn’t go as planned and destroys all life on this planet.

The same could be said for the “Manhattan Project”, a few minutes before the first detonation of the bomb, one of the scientists believed that according to his calculations the bomb would destoy the entire world. This obviously turned out not to be entirely true. It did however destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

06-09-2008 Update:

I have Some more information on the Hadron Collider. A set of fantastic pictures can be viewed here.

A good article by Professor Brian cox can be viewed here.

And finally, an excellent article on the Collider from a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York, Michio Kaku. The article can be viewed here.

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