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Hadron Collider could 'shrink Earth to 330ft'

Posted on Sunday, 30 September, 2018 | Comment icon 76 comments

Could the Large Hadron Collider destroy our planet ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 NikoLang
Astronomer Royal Martin Rees has warned that a failed particle accelerator experiment could prove disastrous.
Doomsday predictions are certainly nothing new, but ever since the Large Hadron Collider - Cern's record-breaking atom smasher - first started operations, there have been concerns over what would happen if the particle accelerator managed to inadvertently create a black hole here on Earth.

In his latest book On The Future: Prospects for Humanity, Lord Rees has outlined several existential threats to our planet ranging from an asteroid strike to a super-advanced artificial intelligence.

In one chapter, he describes several doomsday scenarios involving the Large Hadron Collider.

"Maybe a black hole could form, and then suck in everything around it," he wrote. "The second scary possibility is that the quarks would reassemble themselves into compressed objects called strangelets."
"That in itself would be harmless. However under some hypotheses a strangelet could, by contagion, convert anything else it encounters into a new form of matter, transforming the entire earth in a hyperdense sphere about one hundred meters across."

As if this wasn't bad enough, the atom smasher might even be capable of destroying space itself.

"Some have speculated that the concentrated energy created when particles crash together could trigger a 'phase transition' that would rip the fabric of space," Rees wrote.

"This would be a cosmic calamity not just a terrestrial one."

The likelihood of these scenarios coming to pass however is thankfully extremely small.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (76)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #67 Posted by Peter B on 2 October, 2020, 2:25
Care to provide some examples of how the weirdness only started in 2008?
Comment icon #68 Posted by Essan on 2 October, 2020, 7:26
I think 2008 was simply when the internet reached critical mass  
Comment icon #69 Posted by Piney on 2 October, 2020, 8:18
The Pre-Hell was opened. 
Comment icon #70 Posted by Desertrat56 on 2 October, 2020, 14:15
Yes, 100 meters is random too.  It is a guessitimate, not an actual factual number.
Comment icon #71 Posted by docyabut2 on 2 October, 2020, 21:16
Hadron Collider could 'shrink Earth to 330ft' what gets me is the Hadron Collider could make a black hole Particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider could create black holes using less energy than previously thought, new models suggest.   https://www.colinandrews.net/AustraliaRadar2010-0430.html  could be of a start of a black hole.
Comment icon #72 Posted by docyabut2 on 2 October, 2020, 21:34
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/29/476154494/weasel-shuts-down-world-s-most-powerful-particle-collider  animals shut down the Large Hadron Collider to prevent the black hole . 
Comment icon #73 Posted by NCC1701 on 2 October, 2020, 21:49
On the positive side, nobody will ever realize what happened when Earth is crushed to the size of an electron in a fraction of a second.
Comment icon #74 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 2 October, 2020, 22:02
I'm not convinced that a crop circle "researcher" is the go to authority on particle physics. 
Comment icon #75 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 2 October, 2020, 22:05
The LHC have operated since 2010 and yet the world is still here 
Comment icon #76 Posted by third_eye on 2 October, 2020, 22:06
I think I saw the movie...  ~

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