As physicists get set to recreate the Big
Bang (Watch live
Webcast by CERN), German chemistry professor Otto Rossler
predicts that their experiment will actually create a mini
black hole that will suck all life and light into it and lead
to the end of the world.
On Wednesday, somewhere below the French-Swiss
border, scientists at CERN (a European organisation for nuclear
research) are getting ready to drive two beams of particles
into each other at close to the speed of light in a machine
called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This will recreate
the Big Bang and answer questions about the origins of life,
the universe and everything. Though no one really knows what
'will' happen, all sorts of theories of sudden annihilation
CERN's strongest opponent Otto Rossler, a German chemistry
professor argues that just as with the Big Bang, this experiment
too will create a mini-black-hole, an intense gravitational
field that will keep sucking in matter until the entire world,
and all its light, is gone.
On the lighter side
watch this CERN rap video.
Presumably made by the young scientists of the organisation,
the video explains everything related to the project in a
fun, literally off-beat way. The hugely popular video reiterates
a statement made by CERN Director General Robert Aymar: "The
LHC will enable us to study in detail what nature is doing
all around us. The LHC is safe, and any suggestion that it
might present a risk is pure fiction."
If Thursday comes and in case you wake up
Thursday morning and wonder why doomsday didn't arrive, the
Mayans might have an answer for you. Hold on for 21-12-2012,
which is when the Mayan Calendar comes to an end, because
of a presumably catastrophic change.
One theory even ties in the Rossler black hole theory with
the end of the Mayan calendar according to it, the
black hole will suck in everything on earth over four-and-a-half
years, which is Dec 21, 2012.
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Large Hadron Collider will
not turn world to goo, promise scientists
The Large Hadron Collider the atom-smashing
machine built underneath the Alps has sent more internet-based
harbingers of doom into a spin than it will have atomic particles
whizzing around its 17-mile circumference when it is put into
action next week. They fear that the energies released will
be so powerful that a runaway black hole will be created that
will engulf the planet or produce "quantum strangelets"
transforming the Earth into a dead lump of "strange matter".
So worried are they about the impending end of the Universe
that they have been to court to try to stop it.
Walter L. Wagner and Luis Sancho in Hawaii
sought a temporary restraining order on scientists at the
European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or CERN, who they
say have played down the chances that the collider could produce
a tiny black hole, which could eat the Earth. They say that
CERN has failed to provide an environmental impact statement
as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Their objections have been so vehement that the scientists
behind the LHC have published a report to allay their fears
and convince them that the world will carry on as normal after
the biggest and most powerful atom collider ever built is
turned on in Geneva.
"Nature has already conducted the equivalent of about
a hundred thousand LHC experimental programmes on Earth --
and the planet still exists," the report says.
Just outside Geneva, 300ft below ground, the LHC will blast
atomic particles around its circumference approximately 11,200
times every second, before smashing them headlong into one
Scientists have been using particle collision devices for
30 years without incident but concerns have arisen over the
LHC because of its size and power.
The report was written by five CERN physicists, who were told
to review a safety assessment written by colleagues in 2003
that also gave the project the green light.
The LHC is to start unleashing a beam of protons in the first
stage of its commissioning process on Wednesday. Two parallel
beams of particles, pulsing around the underground ring in
opposite directions, will be bent by superconducting magnets
at four points to cause them to collide. Detectors in the
giant chamber will record the resulting sub-atomic debris.
This invisible rubble could help to resolve some of the biggest
questions in physics such as the nature of mass, the weakness
of gravity and whether, as some suggest, dimensions exist
beyond our own. The new Safety Assessment Report, published
by the Institute of Physics in London, says that any black
holes produced by the collider would be "microscopic"
and would decay almost immediately because they would lack
the energy to grow or be sustained.
"Each collision of a pair of protons in the LHC will
release an amount of energy comparable to that of two colliding
mosquitoes, so any black hole produced would be much smaller
than those known to astrophysicists," it says.
As for the hypothesised "strange-lets", the report
referred to data from the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider
at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, to say that
these would not be produced by collisions in the LHC.
France has also asked its Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) to
carry out a safety appraisal of the collider.
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected
a last-ditch legal attempt last month to stop the LHC. The
suit had been filed by a group of European citizens, led by
a German biochemist, Otto Rössler, of the University
He had deduced that it would be "quite plausible"
to conclude that black holes resulting from the collider experiment
"will grow exponentially and eat the planet from the
inside" across a devastating four-year period of decay.
The saner voice of science is shining through, however, as
Valerie Jamieson, deputy features editor of New Scientist,
explains on her blog.
"Scale the cosmic ray sums up to cover the 100 billion
stars in the Milky Way and the 100 billion galaxies in the
visible Universe and you find that nature has already made
the equivalent of 1,031 LHCs. Or if you like, 10 trillion
LHCs are running every second. And we're still here."