Large Hadron Collider.
Good morning. On the off chance that the world ends tomorow, or that we are all sucked directly into a black hole I just want to say it's been a pleasure.
Of course there's always the possibility that nowt will happen, I mean can a particle accelerator really mimic the beginnings of life? Dunno, science dunnos niether, but it will be interesting to see what they discover.
"The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will fire particles around its 17-mile tunnel. It will then smash protons — one of the building blocks of matter — into each other at energies up to seven times greater than any achieved before.
Scientists hope to recapture conditions not seen since near the birth of the universe almost 14 billion years ago. They could find answers to some of the biggest questions in physics, such as why the universe looks the way it does, and how to explain mass, gravity and mysterious "dark matter".
They could also find the first evidence of extra spatial dimensions, and even create mini-black holes that blink in and out of existence in a fraction of a second.
Some sceptics remain unconvinced about its safety. Prof Otto Rossler, a German chemist who is one of a group of scientists attempting a last-minute court challenge to the project, is especially worried about the creation of black holes.
He believes it is possible that the black holes will grow uncontrollably and "eat the planet from the inside".
Other scientists say this is complete nonsense. They point to the fact that cosmic rays hitting the Earth's atmosphere should also be creating mini-black holes. Yet to date none of them has swallowed up the planet."
Yep, I most surely do hope we don't get 'eaten up'. You would have to question the safety of experiments like this. I'm no scientist, but I do have a vested interest in remaining upright and breathing and entirely uneaten.
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