Calm down. The world is not ending.

I promise.

As I’m sure you all know by now, the Large Hadron Collider, a massive particle accelerator, is scheduled to be fired up tomorrow. It’s a huge undertaking, and the physics behind it is both astounding and exciting. As it turns out, in some cases it’s downright frightening.

The phycisists working at CERN are receiving death threats. Blogs here at WordPress are prophesying doom. Suits have been brought to stop the experiment from taking place. People, people, people. Calm. The f&*% . Down. There is no actual science behind the knee jerk reaction that the LHC will create a black hole and we’re all DOOOOOOOOMED, AAARRRGHARGHARGH!!!!

If you really want to know what is going to happen and how, go here. What this will tell us, essentially, is how matter acquires mass. Even if a black hole is formed, it will be miniscule, and will likely evaporate instantaneously.

So chill. Please. The world is not ending.

Edit: Had to plug in the xkcd comic. Love it.

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4 responses to “Calm down. The world is not ending.

  1. Gosh, it’s just a big atom smasher, and the possibility of something dangerous to happen is too small for that something to happen 😉 If it would have been real risk, scientists would inform us, or take measures against it, or, after all, never would have thought of taking this idea to reality. So stop worrying, listen to common sense and do not let this rumor by fools take over your mind.
    http://www.votetheday.com/polls/worlds-largest-particle-accelerator-experiment-214/

  2. Or, y’know, it’ll kill us all instantly and we won’t even know the difference. But since they’re only doing a low energy single beam, I’m not all that worried.

  3. DysfunctionalParrot

    Good thing too, because I just bought a new hot water tank…

  4. Hey, Parrot. Glad you and your water heater are still around. 😛

    Okay, so we’re still here. Obviously the LHC test went well, and everyone at the CERN was thrilled. It’s entirely possible this will give us more insight into dark matter & antimatter.

    I cannot BEGIN to tell you how incredibly sexy I find this whole thing.

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