Skip to comments.The Large Hadron Collider was tested this weekend and a black hole hasn't destroyed the Earth...yet
Posted on 08/12/2008 9:12:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
The science blog Cosmic Variance has a great rundown of what the LHC could find. At the top of this list is the Higgs boson, which is the only particle in the Standard Model (the theory that describes the fundamental interactions between the particles that make up all matter), that hasn't yet been detected. The site thinks there is a 95 percent chance the LHC finds this particle, and that could lead to a much better understanding of how our universe works.
Other notable possibilities on Cosmic Variance's list include finding extra dimensions (these could be so-called "warped" hidden dimensions or a large dimension we have not yet detected), evidence for or against String Theory (perhaps the most popular "theory of everything" in recent times), dark matter (the matter that theoretically makes up most of the Universe but we can't see it), dark energy (invisible like dark matter, but theoretically making up some 70 percent of the universe -- much more than matter), and a bunch of sub-atomic particles that you've probably never heard of and I won't go into...
The likelihood of the LHC creating a stable black hole that could destroy the work is 10 to the negative 25th power, according to Cosmic Variance's list. For some perspective, the likelihood of finding God is 10 to the negative 20th power, according to the same list.
After the initial test this weekend, the LHC will start up for real on September 10th. At that time, a full-power beam will travel around the accelerator's 17 mile course and reach 99.99 percent of the speed of light, according to Wired.
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No sign of the Higgs boson
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Desperately seeking the Higgs boson
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Top Quark Measurements Give âGod Particleâ New Lease on Life
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Well, there's always the weekend.
The Large Hadron Collider was tested this weekend and a black hole hasn’t destroyed the Earth...yet
I confess I know next to nothing on this topic. The one article I read did say that if a black hole developed it would start out smaller than atom size and go back and forth through the earth devouring it and gaining in size as it went.
Since it develops exponentially. We would only notice it when there were minutes left for the earth to disappear. Also it would take 1-2 years to develop.
I heard it will take about 4 yrs to happen...
What a racist headline!
99.99 percent of the speed of light is very slow compared to ultra-high-energy cosmic rays that have already been hitting the earth for billions of years. The fastest detected ones are on the order of 99.999999999999999999995% c. That gives a single nucleon the momentum of a baseball thrown at 60 mph. If those haven’t created earth-sucking black holes then the LHC certainly won’t. There’s also two or three other reasons why the possibility can be dismissed. Hawking radiation being one: any micro black hole would almost instantly evaporate the moment it is created. Another: collisions at nearly the speed of light also rebound at that speed, so a black hole will fly through the earth and into space in a split second. Also, a black hole the mass of only a few atoms is not likely to accumulate more mass very quickly anyway.
Let’s see. 2008 plus 4 is, um...... Oh WOW man!
And at 99.9% the speed of light racist no less!
See...those Mayans new something.
I’ve heard similar arguments, actually. The magnetic confinement chamber is more like a choke, it narrows the beam rather than holds it captive. At 99.99% the speed of light there is really no way to prevent the resultant sub-atomic particles from flying away again at the same speed in random directions.
Nothing can go faster than the speed of light. It would require infinite energy for anything with mass to attain the speed of light, and FTL travel in any form creates unresolvable paradoxes. That’s the simple answer, anyway.
Nothing stuck on our brane can exceed light’s limit as we see it. Change the temporal coordinates and it is a completely different reality, and I’m wondering how we are going to discern when/if we’ve tapped something over into those different temporal coordinates. THAT is what I wanted to write and ask Lisa, but I haven’t an address.
How do we know for sure?
It could have been destroyed and flung us into the past.
So then if a single nucleon leaves Chicago heading towards New York at 99.999999999999999999995% c, and another single nucleon leaves New York 45 minutes later heading towards Chicago at 99.99999999999999999874655% c, approximately what time will the first nucleon pass Erie, Pennsylvania?
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