Goodby, earth: Large Hadron Collider online

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator complex, intended to collide opposing beams of protons charged with approximately 7 TeVs of energy. Its main purpose is to explore the validity and limitations of the Standard Model, the current theoretical picture for particle physics. It crosses the border between Switzerland and France at four points, but most of it is in France. The collider will undergo its initial tests today, and will gradually be brought up to “top speed” over a period of several months.

 

Some scientists fear that the machine will inadvertently create a micro “black hole,” and the earth will be quickly erased from existence. Others have ruled out the possibility that the LHC will create any kind of doomsday scenario, countering that the black holes that the LHC could theoretically create don’t even have enough energy to light up a light bulb. On the other hand, the U.K.’s Astronomer Royal put the odds of destroying the world at 1 in 50 million.

 

If you’d like to learn more about the LHC, see http://lhc.web.cern.ch/lhc/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider, and associated articles.

 

What’s your opinion? Will earth be destroyed in a nano-second of conflagration?

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