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    The End of the World in 9 days time

    Biggest-ever experiment to unlock secrets of Big Bang could cause end of the world, say scientists in court bid to halt it


    By Fiona Macrae
    Last updated at 6:42 PM on 31st August 2008
    It has cost more than 4billion and is designed to unlock the secrets of the Big Bang.
    But rather than providing vital information about the beginning of life, the world's biggest experiment could cause the end of the world.
    Scientists fear that the Large Hadron Collider - due to be switched on in just nine days' time - will create a mini-black hole that could swallow the planet.

    The Large Hadron Collider smashes particles together nearly at the speed of light

    By smashing sub-atomic particles together at speeds close to the speed of light, the LHC aims to recreate the conditions that existed a fraction of a second after the Big Bang, shedding light on the building blocks of life.
    But critics claim that the 'time machine' which is housed deep underground near Geneva could instead spawn a shower of mini-black holes.
    Within just four years, one of these 'celestial vacuums' could have swollen to such a size that it is capable of sucking the Earth inside-out, said Otto Rossler, one of a group of scientists mounting a last-minute court challenge against the project.
    They claim the experiment violates the right to life under the European Convention of Human Rights.
    Professor Rossler, a German chemist, said the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or CERN, has admitted its project create black holes but doesn't consider them to be a risk.
    He warned: 'My own calculations have shown it is quite plausible that these little black holes survive and will grow exponentially and eat the planet from the inside.
    'I have been calling for CERN to hold a safety conference to prove my conclusions wrong but they have not been willing.'

    Critics say the LHC could create a black hole which expands until it swallows the Earth
    But those involved in the project have dismissed the claims as 'absurd' and insist that extensive safety assessments have found the experiment, which is funded by 20 countries, including the UK, to be safe.
    A report written earlier this year stated: 'Over the past billions of years, nature has already generated on Earth as many collisions as about a million LHC experiments - and the planet still exists.'
    The life span of any mini-black holes would be 'very short', it added.
    CERN spokesman James Gillies said the arguments before the European Court of Human Rights had been answered in 'extensive safety assessments'.
    He told the Sunday Telegraph: 'The Large Hadron Collider will not be producing anything that does not happen routinely in nature due to cosmic rays.
    'If they were dangerous we would know about it already.'
    The most powerful physics experiment ever built, the LHC will attempt to recreate the conditions that existed immediately after the birth of the universe, or the Big Bang.
    Beams of protons will be propelled through an 18-mile-long circular tunnel lined with powerful magnets designed to accelerate the tiny particles.
    When they reach almost the speed of light, they will be smashed head-on into each other, breaking them into their constituent parts, including, perhaps, the building blocks of the universe.

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    I thought it goes on line and fully operational 21 Oct?

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    And there was me wondering whether to do a visa run this month or next month.

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    Official End of the World Countdown Clock.

    CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research

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    38days places it at 9 Oct??? (have to re-adjust my plans)

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    Living within kilometers of the thing i better put my hard hat on

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    It would be pretty bad luck if we managed to suck ourselves into a black hole.

    All traces of us as humans would disappear completely. Even the fag ends would be vanished.

    All that would be left is that fucking space probe thing with the gold disk of our recordings on it.

    I would also imagine if the blackhole was big enough to swallow the Earth it could suck in a few more planets as well.

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    oh well.

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    The Large Hadron Collider smashes particles together nearly at the speed of light. It has cost more than 4billion and is designed to unlock the secrets of the Big Bang.
    4 billion and and only nearly the speed of light. Cant remember many nearly records. Nearly beat the world 100m record, nearly made the top of Everest, nearly got my end away. Sounds a bit like a fishermans tale to me.

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    I hope those responsible for creating the black hole are prosecuted.

    Btw how does one compensate an entire planet for consequential losses?

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    Some time in the distant future.

    Alien 1 - Now children, a long time in the past there was a species known as Humans. They lived in a solar system in a far away galaxy. The Humans always wanted to find out where they had come from and spent years trying to figure it out.
    One day the Humans made a big machine which they thought would tell them about how the solar system they lived in was formed, but the machine also had the potential to make a black hole.

    What's a back hole children?

    Alien child 1 - It's something that sucks everything into it and destroys it. They are bad.

    Alien 1 -= Yes you are right.

    Anyway, the Humans they turned their machine on, to see what happened and the created a black hole. It sucked everything in and killed everybody, it sucked in all the surrounding planets and their own sun. Killing them all.

    So children what's the moral of the story.

    Alien class in unison - Don't mess with nature.

    Alien 1 - well done class. Have a good day.

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    There were similar fears when they exploded the first atomic bomb. They wernt sure if the chain reaction would keep going and engulf the whole planet.
    But they went ahead and did it anyway.

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    I say we go for it and go out with a bang

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    I'm very amused by this story.



    I'm sure that there will be some decent cartoons about this.

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    $4 billion to find out vital information about the beginning of life?

    I might email them and tell them for free.

    As bad as NASA.

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    So we are supposed to believe that Prof. Rossler is right, when God knows how many physicists have said it's ok. Something not quite right here - this guy is a chemist. He doesn't know squat about particle physics.

    I say throw the switch.

    More power Igor! More power! It's ALIVE!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvbot View Post
    The Large Hadron Collider smashes particles together nearly at the speed of light. It has cost more than 4billion and is designed to unlock the secrets of the Big Bang.
    4 billion and and only nearly the speed of light. Cant remember many nearly records. Nearly beat the world 100m record, nearly made the top of Everest, nearly got my end away. Sounds a bit like a fishermans tale to me.
    Not really - it is impossible to accelerate a particle with mass to the speed of light..........
    Any error in tact, fact or spelling is purely due to transmissional errors...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    $4 billion to find out vital information about the beginning of life? I might email them and tell them for free. As bad as NASA.
    MeMock - you've said before that you didn't always believe in God.

    When did you start believing in it and why?

    Is it not conceivable thought that by showing how the big bang was made is not just showing what God did? Who says that he didn't create the big bang when he was creating things or as part of the process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil View Post
    I say we go for it and go out with a bang
    there's nothing like a good bang

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    ^ It would be more of a squash than a bang

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    Good. I've got a valid reason not to go back to work then.

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    ^ Boss I can't come into today. Somebody is going to turn on a massive machine that will cause a black hole and destroy the world. I want to spend a couple of days with my wife, dogs and bikes.


    See you Monday then.

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    MeMock - you've said before that you didn't always believe in God.
    If there was any good time to start, it would be 9-days prior to the end of the world...

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    the horsemen of the apocolypse do seem to be lining up.



    FORMER pop star Jason Donovan is planning a comeback by releasing his first album in 15 years.

    and a link to explaing the goings on at CERN
    The Large HardOn Collider

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