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Originally posted by Wetware
For your edification and viewing pleasure:
Large Hadron Rap (LHR)
There's nothing to worry about, as others have mentioned. They are basically just smashing together atoms to tear them up and see what's inside. I have only a basic understanding of what they are doing, but from what I can tell it's all very standard physics. I don't know how the media managed to blow this up into a big spook story about the apocalypse, while simultaneously marginalizing all other science-related news as they do every day.
Today's startup marks the start of a long and cautious commissioning process to check equipment and operational procedures. The first batch of protons was being halted, sector by sector, in the tunnel in order to verify that monitoring systems were working properly. The first collisions are likely to start in several weeks, scientists said.
"All should leave GENEVA, Saturn turns from gold to iron,
The contrary positive ray (RAYPOZ) will exterminate everything,
there will be signs in the sky before this."
"According to some theoretical models, tiny black holes could be produced in collisions at the LHC. They would then very quickly decay into what is known as Hawking radiation (the tinier the black hole, the faster it evaporates) which would be detected by experiments." But some scientists have pointed out that Hawking radiation may not exist as documented in the scientific papers Do black holes radiate? and On the Universality of the Hawking Effect.
Nick Bostrom says: "There have been speculations that future high-energy particle accelerator experiments may cause a breakdown of a metastable vacuum state that our part of the cosmos might be in, converting it into a 'true' vacuum of lower energy density. This would result in an expanding bubble of total destruction that would sweep through the galaxy and beyond at the speed of light, tearing all matter apart as it proceeds."