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Originally posted by apc
These are not black holes. It has to be big enough to be black to be a black hole. These things are smaller than a photon. They have squat for mass. They couldn't attract a speck of dust. They are just very very very very very very very small singularities that evaporate in a minuscule fraction of a second.
We could destroy ourselves, but the ENTIRE UNIVERSE? No way!
Originally posted by HoonieSkoba
This reminds me of Dan Brown's book "Angels and Demons."
Originally posted by AcesInTheHole
The Cernier Company or CERN, the world’s largest physics research firm, is currently in the process of building what would be the world’s largest working supercollider. Known as “Large Hadron Collider,” or LHC, the device is 27 kilometers (16.7 miles) long and resides in a tunnel approximately 100 meters beneath the Franco-Swiss border, just outside of Geneva.
By accelerating protons toward each other at 99.999999% the speed of light the LHC can recreate conditions similar to those that resulted from the Big Bang, ultimately alighting a great deal about the particles and forces that comprise our Universe.
These supercolliders have been around for awhile, but there has never been one on this scale. Scientists say this supercollider will have the ability to ability to create tiny black holes as well. I was quite stunned to hear they were considering creating one of these when this massive machine is completed.
And while Physicists have the logistics of the LHC well in hand ideas about its outcome are strictly theoretical. According to one scenario tiny black holes could be produced which hopefully would decay into what is known as Hawking radiation (the tinier the black hole, the faster it evaporates). If these black holes fail to decay, however, the consequences could be disastrous.
I know that when the first atomic bomb was built there were rumors/concerns of it starting off a chain reaction, in turn destroying earth. But this is a black hole we are talking about. There are no guarantees that it will decay after it's created. If anything went wrong, it could end up devouring our whole planet.
While I'm sure much could be learned from such experiments, I don't think the rewards outweigh the risks on this one. What do you all think?
How would it happen? Once the stable sample of black-hole material is formed it starts going to work compacting matter down. As the Beast feeds on surrounding matter, it gets heavier and sinks through the floor of the lab. Its weight would cause it to continue to sink deeper into the Earth. Eventually, it would reach the core where gravitational pressures would help force-feed the little Beast. The Earth would not be able to implode all at once, rather competing grains would hinder the progress of adjacent mass like one can observe in an hour glass. Although the final destiny is certain once the process begins, it would not be able to occur all at once. As the Beast consumes the Earth from the inside out, internal volume would be lost. The Earth’s crust would no longer fit snugly and would be readjusting continuously as a result. Earthquakes would become commonplace, and their intensity would be unlike anything recorded in human history. As the Earth loses internal volume, some areas would sink faster than others…and the oceans would rush in. Eventually, so much internal volume would be lost that the crust would buckle and rupture, which would create massive rift volcanoes spewing noxious gas into the atmosphere. And so on…