Monday, June 23, 2008

Of Small Steps and Giant Leaps

If you thought Wimbledon was smashing, think again...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7468966.stm


"Most physicists believe the risk of a cataclysm lies in the realms of science fiction. But there have been fears about the possibility of a mini-black hole - produced in the collider - swelling so that it gobbles up the Earth. "

"Critics have previously raised concerns that the production of weird hypothetical particles called strangelets in the LHC could trigger the mass conversion of nuclei in ordinary atoms into more strange matter - transforming the Earth into a hot, dead lump. "

This is perhaps the only sort of experiment where the idea of Health & Safety seems to defy the point, but at least one thing is certain: we have long since moved on from Tesla's promethean experiments in his laboratory where the Earth was likewise under such threat had it been a perfect conductor...
Therefore, if we are to go down in a sudden apocalypse now, at least we'll be doing it in style, creating a black hole and thus taking part in the cosmic advancement of the Universe, rather than the egotistic nuclear war which would have only served to advance human interest...
Anyway, these people are actually worried about the Earth being swallowed up by an artificially created black-hole - sometimes I find it hard to understand them...

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