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It’s the end of the world as we know it

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From the flagellants of the Middle Ages to the doomsayers of Y2K, humanity has always been prone to good old-fashioned the-end-is-nigh hysteria. The latest cause for concern: that the earth will be destroyed and the galaxy gobbled up by an ever-increasing black hole next week. On Sept. 10, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, will switch on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — a $6 billion particle accelerator that will send beams of protons careening around a 17-mile underground ring, crash them into each other to re-create the immediate aftereffects of the Big Bang, and then monitor the debris in the hope of learning more about the origins and workings of the universe. Next week marks a low-power run of the circuit, and scientists hope to start smashing atoms at full power by the end of the month.

Pretty fantastic stuff. Some people are just so gosh darn sure that end-of-the-world sized black holes will be created that they’re suing.

On Aug. 26, Professor Otto Rossler, a German chemist at the Eberhard Karis University of Tubingen, filed a lawsuit against CERN with the European Court of Human Rights that argued, with no understatement, that such a scenario would violate the right to life of European citizens and pose a threat to the rule of law.

Apparently people in Asia and Africa would suffer no such diminishing of rights. Then again lots of weird things go on in Tubingen. As for us here at arnoldcam, we’re not so much worried abuot the end of the world so much as people arbitrarily switching the D and the R in the collider’s name.


Written by arnold

September 6, 2008 at 8:17 am

Posted in News items, Technology

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  1. Naughty, naughty….

    Peggy C

    September 6, 2008 at 9:53 am

  2. You put a disturbing image in my mind.

    Several papers recent papers all conclude that Hawking Radiation is fundamentally flawed conjecture, micro black holes will not evaporate!

    A common argument is that cosmic rays prove safety, they do not.
    If cosmic rays create stable neutral micro black holes, all will travel through Earth.

    If micro black holes are created by head-on collisions in particle colliders some percentage will travel too slowly to escape Earth’s gravity.

    The safety opposition includes senior Physics PHD Dr. Rainer Plaga who refutes CERNs conclusions of safety.

    The opposition includes visiting professor of Physics Dr. Otto Rossler who is famous for inventing Chaos Theory’s Rossler attractor and founder of Endophysics. Dr Rossler theorizes that Hawking Radiation is not possible, micro black holes would grow exponentially over decades or centuries and CERN’s cosmic ray arguments are flawed including failure to account for super fluidity of neutron stars.

    Former cosmic ray researcher, California math champion and Nuclear Safety Officer Walter L. Wagner discovered flaws with CERN’s safety arguments and prompted CERN to write a new safety report.

    The opposition argues that the Large Hadron Collider may be safe, it may be disastrous. Like launching shuttles in freezing weather, we should not launch until the safety or danger can be accurately calculated. Currently it can not.



    September 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm

  3. Sorry for the image, but I don’t name them I just point out the obvious. Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out.


    September 6, 2008 at 5:04 pm

  4. I think they were right about this thing. They fired it off and called it a success but I’m pretty sure a black hole was created because last night I had $20 in my wallet when I left work and this morning I don’t.


    September 10, 2008 at 8:36 am

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