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Black hole on Earth? [Aug. 7th, 2008|05:42 pm]
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It seems that people are worried about CERN's Hardon Collider possibly creating a black hole and destroying the entire planet. Is this possible? I don't know. But I do know that when the Americans first tested the atomic bomb, they thought there was a tiny chance that it could ignite the atmosphere and destroy the planet. They still went ahead and tested the bugger.

I could write a lot here, but I've already melted my brain once this week, so I'll keep it short.

In the absense of my ability to change the mind of the French government, I propose we all have lots and lots of wild monkey sex in case they do destroy the world.

Going out with a bang, as it were.

But people, let's make it safe sex, just in case they don't. No point being stupid about it, after all..

From: kadeton
2008-08-07 08:04 am (UTC)
Being crushed into a singularity means no regrets!
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[User Picture]From: kaelajael
2008-08-07 08:14 am (UTC)
But is something like that were to happen, would we even have time for regrets?
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2008-08-07 08:15 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for sending me to Wikipedia and subsequently freaking the fuck out.

I'm a teapot I'm a teapot I'm a teapot etc.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-08-07 08:18 am (UTC)
Go home, shag your wife :)
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[User Picture]From: buoy_wonder
2008-08-07 08:22 am (UTC)

Its Hadron Collider. Though your version matches nicely with the rest of your post ;-)
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-08-07 08:26 am (UTC)
I'm tired. It's not my first Freudian slip with matching bra and panties...
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[User Picture]From: arcadiagt5
2008-08-07 08:24 am (UTC)
CERN's Hardon Collider

Did you mean Hadron or was that a deliberate (and appropriate) typo? :)
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-08-07 08:27 am (UTC)
Actually, yes, it was totally deliberate, and nothing to do with being tired, sick, and headachey. I'm a wordsmith, donchaknow?!
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[User Picture]From: drjon
2008-08-07 08:35 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-08-07 08:48 am (UTC)
My work here is done :D
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[User Picture]From: nevryn
2008-08-07 08:46 am (UTC)
Even if it does create a black hole, it's more than likely vanish in a puff of Hawking Radiation.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-08-07 09:13 am (UTC)
Shhh... Remember the sex...
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From: livelurker
2008-08-07 01:43 pm (UTC)
Whilst I realise it's probably safe I keep wondering what is the last thing invented by each of those civilisations out there that we don't hear from...

At least we'll be unanimously extinct. Except for the folks on the ISS who get to watch the show for a bit longer.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-08-07 01:56 pm (UTC)
When you think about it, the ISS would be the absolute worst place to be, assuming they get the time to watch everything they know and love destroyed.
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[User Picture]From: thinarthur
2008-08-08 09:36 am (UTC)
Re the atom bomb chain reaction blowing up the planet story, what happened was that Edward Teller (one of main scientists on the project) did some calculations and arrived at the conclusion that it would cause a chain reaction in the atmosphere. The project was halted while his calculations were checked but after some weeks he discovered he had made an error so no one expected the planet to be destroyed on the test day, though Enrico Fermi did take some bets that New Mexico would blow up.

While I am concerned about impoding planets as the next fellow, I well know how theoretical concerns, rival theories and actual disinformation is part and parcel of cutting edge projects like that described. I wish our old chum Steve from the Melb Uni Hitchers club was around to discuss this, he is in fact a nuclear physicist who's worked on stuff like that under discussion. Ironically I last saw him at the "Goodies Live on Stage" evening.
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[User Picture]From: thinarthur
2008-08-08 09:46 am (UTC)
After reading the Wikipedia page I think the main danger will lie in the machines ability to create an enourmous radioactive moth which would pose a major problem for residents in several Japanese cities. Singing Midgets in grass skirts may however be able to negate this hazard.
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From: duntov_475hp
2008-08-10 05:30 am (UTC)
Some scientists believe that if we can survive the spaghetti effect we could survive and continue as if it never really happened, the theory being that as things are sucked in and compressed into the black hole equally, the air, us, the world around us, will all be squished at the same rate at the same time.
I heard it was actually at the center of the earth, and is why The Bermuda Triangle and The Dragon's Triangle are so into killing people (But really, isn't it because there's just a lot of traffic there?)
If you stick a rod straight through the earth it would go right through the center of both triangles.
I love apocolyptic science. Personally, my hope is that the end of the world is brought on by zombies. Now THAT is an ending I can sink my teeth into.
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