Large Hadron Collider has Legal Go-Ahead to Destroy Earth (Accidentally)

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karnak

Perhaps we're all forgetting that in our own ionosphere and magnetosphere there are plenty of interactions taking place every day that have the same energy or orders of magnitude more than LHC.  The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

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NewGadgeteer

Xenny, xenny bang bang.  Nothing wrong with a little dimensional thinking, right?

I think LHC will be safe (to the planet) and if anything did happen, it would be local.

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smashingpumpin

A dork would say "I'd rather have my Zombie Apocalypse first than freaking Aliens! Geeks would have it the other way around lol.

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ShadowDragoonFTW

And what exactly are you using to base the terms "geek" and "dork"? I mean, I know whale penisis really like zombies, but c'mon...

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Caboose

I just hope they have a glasses wearing, quiet MIT graduate who has a thing for crowbars on the team...

All I'm sayin'

 

(aside: The LHC is pretty exciting stuff, I can't wait till it starts workin' full tilt)

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Trooper_One

The USA should really impose "Loser Pays" system, especially frivoulous lawsuits.  That should stop many lunatics, weirdos, welfare fucks, leeches, and other dumbasses from wasting court resources.

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ShadowDragoonFTW

They still have to pay lawyer fees. That's usually enough to keep people from bringing up frivilous lawsuits, unless they're REALLY dedicated to the cause. A few short hours in court will set you back a couple of grand, man...

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violian

I'm not a person of physics background, but I do believe the liklihood of a black-hole forming and destroying our solar-system is sci-fi. But being more realistic, and much more probable, what kind of radiations is the LHC emitting when it's running? If this thing has the remote possibility of destroying earth, then think of all the "crap" that thing is emitting. Would it cause genetic mutations to the people around it, etc?

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ShadowDragoonFTW

You really should read up more about all the crazy experiments they're performing with the LHC. They're doing experiments with dark matter and anti-matter (which are real things), as well as colliding particles. They've even been able to send (a portion of) a particle backwards in time for a few brief microseconds. So, when thinking over all the studies they're conducting, they outright said the possibility of them screwing with anti-matter would set off a huge chain-reaction that would create a super-massive black hole was there. It's a possibility. FAR from a PROBABILITY, but it's actually there.

Enjoy the rest of your potentially final day! :)

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Ashton2091

ShadowDragoon is absolutely right. It is very much here. They say the chances are extremely slim. With emphasis on "extremely slim"...but that isn't the same as none. I'd rather hear that there is no chance that it could create a black hole that will diminish earth. Actually, one of the reasons this thing exisits is to prove that other dimensions exist. I know it sounds insane, but google it folks. That's cool and all, but how the hell does this help? If you look at the big picture, basically a bunch of scientists are willing to take a "small" chance of destroying our planet to prove their theory. If earth is gone, there will be no one left to even care. Secondly, just because we can...doesn't mean we should. This will not improve anything. In my opinion, has it zero purpose.

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Walnut

It's also quite possible that a cow might materialize beside me in the shower tomorrow. It's not going to happen, though. The LHC isn't using *that* much energy. More energetic reactions occur all over the place in our atmosphere every day. Antimater is not the ultra dangerous substance Hollywood makes you think it is. It is produced in incredibly small quantities. We've been making it for years. Anti-protons will only annihilate with protons, positrons with electrons, etc. The possibility of some ridiculous chain reaction is, I'd say, about that of that of the cow situation. Theoretical physics is still in its infancy, and this project is incredibly important to the field. Part of what makes us who we are is our desire to explain the unexplained. True, actual technological advances from these discoveries are likely many years off, there is absolutely nothing wrong with learning more about the world we live in. 

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Caboose

This guy needs to drink some more Kool-Aid. And I hear Tom Cruise has an opening in his cult. I'm sure he'd welcome Mr.Wagnerwith open arms!

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Exarkun1138

I know this article is laced with sarcasm and humor, but what's sad is, there are people, and a lot of them, that actually believe this machine will create a black hole and destroy the Earth. That is nothing more than Sci-Fi nonsense! People need to stop believing what Hollywood does and start using their brains a little more! There are a LOT of gullible and stupid people in this world!

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Rocketpop

Ugh, shut up. You're a self-righteous idiot who has no idea what he's talking about. It has nothing to do with Hollywood, you dolt. The makers of the damned thing themselves said it could create a black hole. Even the slightest risk is enough to send some people reeling.

Practice what you preach and "use your brain a little more". It's not hard to understand if you try.

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Walnut

Oh piss off. He's right. You're talking out of your ass. If it creates any black holes, they will be incredibly small. And I don't mean like the size of your fist, but like microscopic. Further, the prevailing theory states that any such object would literally evaporate in an insignificantly small fraction of a second. Cosmic rays interact with our atmosphere constantly, and at energies tens if not hundreds of times more powerful than the LHC, and yet no ill effects are observed. 

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Rocketpop

Uhh, I don't think you're getting the idea. Blaming this on "Hollywood" (Because the LHC has its own Blockbuster hit, I guess) is evidence of a learning disorder. Neither of you is getting this. When there's even a minuscule risk, some people go nuts. That's basic psychology. It has nothing to do with all these Summer movies referencing the LHC all the time.

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Tungil90

lol^^

do you actually know what you are talking about? or did you just pick up the "black hole" thing somewhere?

of course this CAN happen, but it can also happen in any other collider on earth ( theoretically ) [my english sucks? ^^].

so btt:

i took some lessons in advanced physics which were given to some pupils from school who are interested in this kinda stuff, and there were 2 proffessors who are working at CERN right now..... they explained what is going to be happen there, and so on... its the same thing they do at every other collider, but with looots more power... and IF there was a black hole it would be for a really really really really short time ( i dont know how many milli/nano/piko-seconds^^ )

so calm down everybody and if you are REALLY afraid, start learning and reading about stuff, its awesome! :)

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lunchbox73

I saw one of those "how the world could end shows" and they had a CGI clip of this thing creating a black hole and sucking everything into it. It was awesome. Dude probably saw that and the rest is history.

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ShadowDragoonFTW

I understand the original concern. Prior to the original powering-up of the LHC, scientists associated with the project outright said they weren't sure of what would happen when they flicked the switch, however they did say the possibility of an earthshattering event was so minute that it wasn't even really a possibility. Regardless, though, you have to admire (and be bewildered by) the fact that they admitted it may very well destroy the world, yet went on with it anyway. It's... a little unnerving to know people may just willy-nilly fire up things to cause such disaster... especially a government-funded agency, no less!

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I Jedi

Risk are always taken to advance the knowledge and understanding of how things work for all mankind. The LHC can teach us a lot about our world, the Universe, and possibly things we havent even considered yet. I, for one, say do it. If a Black Mesa should happen, at least all of our lives would be a lot more exciting, don't you think? And if the world is to come to a blistering end, at least we never have to see another dime lost to taxes.

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lunchbox73

Haven't we learned anything from the tragic events at Black Mesa? I for one don't feel like walking around with a head crab.

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Caboose

I'd say between a headcrab or being oppressed by an invading alien force, I'd take the headcrab!

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