Atom-Smasher, Will it Destroy Earth?

Submitted by: SyXxlunatic 8 years ago in Science
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/06/30/doomsdaycollider.ap/index.html

In August this year, scientists will activate this machine, but critics think it will most likely destroy Earth.
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Male 208
um..........yay?
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Male 29
And if none of that happens, the machine doesnt start. Scientists figured they should have spent as much money on the machine as they did for mechanists.
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Male 29
Doomsday:
Assuming black hole theory 100% correct
-We get destroyed very very very slowly, very painful as everything gets "spaghettied" into eachother
-No possible way of stopping it unless had something equivalent to a nova bomb which would just insta obliderate the solar system.
-This new particle is able to sustain itself and produces same effect as a star`s gravitational pull, pulling in parts of the solar system.
Non doomsday:
Assuming hawkings radiation theory is correct
-Blackholes will die as soon as they are born
-We discover new methods of travel, energy use and things of our wildest imagination.
Prevention of this ever happening:
-Courts decide not to allow this to happen.
-"Terrorists" permantently deactivate the apparatus.
-We create a wormhole with the technology and earth gets pulled into a time looping thing so we experience the same fate up until the worm hole for the rest of eternity all over again and again and
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Male 678
"Obviously, the world will not end when the LHC switches on," said project leader Lyn Evans

oh well that`s all right then.

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Male 70
itsdrew

"...and in a parallel universe we decide not to turn it on, and we (they) live happily ever after."

Except that they have eveything else to `worry` about that we do. SO it might not be `happily ever after` after all. >_>

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Male 4,867
blipflip
Male, 13-17, Europe
69 Posts Wednesday, July 02, 2008 2:25:52 AM
You guys are all stupid as drat.
I`m so glad I don`t have to know you.

Has anyone else with a clear head noticed that the fear expressed in the post is in inverse proportion to the grammar?

yes i hate having to know people as well, id much rather sit at my pc posting bs bout grammar

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Male 172
I think it`ll spawn an array of new chemicals and elements Many of them proving to be Extremely dangerous to human life therefore wiping out life as we know it.

...

Or It could Do what it was made for: Making a lot of noise and stuff.

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Male 87
You guys are all stupid as drat.
I`m so glad I don`t have to know you.

Has anyone else with a clear head noticed that the fear expressed in the post is in inverse proportion to the grammar?

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Male 292

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Male 2,422
Noble prize winners and Ph.Ds on one side idiots on the other. Switch that puppy on!!!
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Male 180
Dang, my birthday is in August.

But so much for that "2012" fiasco. Looks like we screwed ourselves over first.

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Male 9,306
"I`m pretty sure that it`s not going to destroy earth... I mean, you wouldn`t stop walking on the sidewalk because of the small chance (much larger chance than an atom smasher making a black hole, to be precise) that a car will veer out and hit you."

But doesn`t the use of alcohol and the operation of a motor vehicle substantially raise that risk? :(

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Male 105
ugh...something with `atom` in the name, instant panic...w..t..f...
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Female 237
Actually, it`ll probably be fine until 2012, then it will killl us all (supposedly the Mayan calendar ends in 2012 so the world is going to end then because the Mayans knew everything). (Aliens told them of course- Indian Jones explains everything! LOL.)
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Female 237
Um ok, I don`t care what the chances are, if there`s one chance at all the the ENTIRE EARTH could actually be DESTROYED, then its probably not worth it, hm? I`d rather never know about dark matter, and still be alive! Seriously, does anyone really think this is worth it? It`s the first time (that I know of) that humans have done something that could destroy the planet instantly. Crazy scientests! It was nice knowing you, IAB friends- enjoy your last month of life! (jk on that last part...I`m sure we`ll be ok, I just think its a dumb idea). (Let`s gamble cool scientific discoveries against, say, the existence of our planet. Good idea, right?)
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Male 425
"Will it Destroy Earth?"

Hopefully.

F*ck you future [people]. May you never exist

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Male 107
""funny how people are worried about this collider even with all the nuclearbombs around the planet."

Yeah, but WE control all the nuclear bombs. I feel better about that. If the world is to end by nuclear force, we`d be the last ones standing. "

and why would that be?

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Male 4,867
hey primetime thats my bithday :D
daym i cant wait for madden 09 on my ps3
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Male 7,933
And they can wait until August 12th thats when I get Madden 09.
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Male 7,933
"funny how people are worried about this collider even with all the nuclearbombs around the planet."

Yeah, but WE control all the nuclear bombs. I feel better about that. If the world is to end by nuclear force, we`d be the last ones standing.

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Male 4,867
wait....my birthday is in august!!1
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Male 4,867
i heard that the same group of scientists are planning to try and re-create the bigbang, either the whole universe implodes or we have our own mini universe in a box
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Male 1,468
Damn, fancylad`s gonna die a virgin.
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Female 59
i dont get scientists never ending thirst to know everything there is to know about everything. Leave it a fuc king mystery, i dont give a poo if they find bizzare discoveries.
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Male 38
i hope the world doesnt get destroyed quickly. it sould take some time for it to get destroyed, so we can prepare for the end
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Female 393
what?? WORD CHANGER?? thats BS too.
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Female 393
oh drat no the worlds not endin yet! the hell w/ science id rather live than take the drating change of dying. wtf are scientists thinking?? WHY TAKE THE CHANCE??!!! thats BS if you wanna see what happens make a mini one and put it in your house so a giant black hole swallows you and your house. dont put the lives of innocent people at risk just because you wanna see what will happen.
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Female 143
i thought they turned it on in May
that`s old
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Male 177
heh, i believe if it DOES create a black hole, that we all will be transported to another dimension, along with earth and our solar system shortly after. O, and since our galaxy is going to crash into the Andromeda Galaxy in about 2000 years, the black hole will partly destroy that galaxy. Sweet, Sweet Revenge. >:)
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Male 1,109
...and in a parallel universe we decide not to turn it on, and we (they) live happily ever after.
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Male 107
if it works, interesting.
if it kills us, even more interesting.
and killing ourselves by making a black hole would
be a less lame way to go than a nuke tossing contest.
or getting boiled by the Co2 of death
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Male 332
Lets hope I get laid before this happens, most likely not...:(
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Male 619
Damn, i need to get laid so i can die happy when the new BReaking Benjamin Album comes out.
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Female 960
This reminds me sooo much of Evangelin, except without emo kids piloting robots.
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Male 35
funny how people are worried about this collider even with all the nuclearbombs around the planet.
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Male 1,455
In this comments thread: SuperJesus makes himself look stupid.
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Male 534
Why why whyyyy are people still worrying about this?
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Male 229
*speculates...*

It`ll reach it`s fill operating abilitys in 2012, and itll be the thing that destroys the world...

4 years later...

CALLED IT!!

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Female 42
This machine has already been mentioned in the book Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, the same guy that wrote the Da Vinci code.
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Male 1,039
I highly doubt it`s that dangerous.

..BUT, may they all burn in Hell for eternity if they take the life of my baby girl and destroy this world in the process just for "scientific knowledge". ;)

Unfortunately I wouldn`t be here to take revenge :(...heheh (ponders afterlife revenge..oh yeah)

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Female 432
I remember watching a video of it a while ago...and well at least i`ll see my 20th birthday
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Male 168
Meh, sounds good to me. drat school, I`d rather die in a man-created black hole.


Agreed, even sometimes I feel im so bored I can commit suicide, seriously.

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Male 907
"could they at least wait until semptember to possible destroy earth? by birthday`s in august :/"

Meh, sounds good to me. drat school, I`d rather die in a man-created black hole.

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Male 907
"If this thing does end the world.. then I welcome it.. because out of all the ways to go.. being sucked in by a man-created black hole has GOT to look pretty damn awesome."

Agreed.

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Male 1,220
could they at least wait until semptember to possible destroy earth? by birthday`s in august :/
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Female 119
theyre gonna destroy the planet
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Male 168
I prefer for CERN to stop that piece-of-sh*t machine, they are just messing with the unknown.
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Male 2,788
kaboom.
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Female 268
human stupidity is what`ll kill us all.

kinndda like this.

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Male 216
im not saying we should live like animals. just saying lets discover something that cant distroy the earth.
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Male 216
i just saw this on yahoo 3 minutes ago. its my homepage. and anyways this was also on the 5 ways to end the earth thing last month. some one in the comments box on yahoo said "even if the black hole forms our deaths will be quick and painless. look at the bright side." IF THERE IS NO ATOM SMASHER WE WONT DIE. THAT IS A BRIGHTER SIDE. this will destroy mother nature made billions of years ago and been supporting for billions of years. why take chances of killing our selves? arent we living te life? cars houses. why take chances to learn something when it could kill you? knoledge wont come to the rescue. animals live without the knowledge of space and time and physics. they have been living for millions of years. why cant we stay where we are.
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Female 1,566
I don`t even care if it ends the Earth. That is the coolest thing ever. It`s 17 miles of supercooled magnets!
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Male 168
Either we have to wait till the ice poles melt or wait till the ozone layer leaves...we`re doomed
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Male 168
Im not so sure about that. Either we are going to be dead by strangets, micro black holes, or a BIG explosion. Don`t worry by 2009 we`re not going to be here, and Earth is going to be a sea of plasma.
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Male 876
The world ending? They say it like it didn`t happen already.
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Male 1,623
The chance of that happening is equal to the chance of you winning the lottery 3 weeks in a row.
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Male 168
We have the power to destroy the entire universe
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Male 387
cleminem9919!

-sorry for the double post-

Here in Alberta, Canada you can drive at 14. Have a holiday here.

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Male 84
Or - the machine doesn`t work. Either one of those.
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Male 84
Five bucks says some nutjob manages to break into their facility, and then proceeds to destroy this machine with a bomb of some sort.
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Male 387
KoalaMeatPie:
Wait, we`re creating black holes all the time?
that`s f**king sweet.
We could make f**king BLACK HOLE MISSILES.
TAKE OUT THE F**KING SUN!

If someone can, please tell me if it would be possible to PURPOSEFULLY MAKE a black hole. And then a Black Hole Missile (rocket with that machine in it).

If so, I propose to make one in case some f**ked up aliens come through the interdimensional wormhole we make.

WE COULD TAKE DOWN ANOTHER f***KING PLANET IN 1 SHOT.

That would be pwnt.

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Male 168
Oh yeah and Walter Wagner made a lawsuit to those guys.
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Male 63
I read about this a year ago. Except that the article spoke of betting money on the impossibly small probablility that the universe would end upon switching on.
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Male 1,584
well
if the world ends im gonna be incredably pissed off.
the government is probably ending the world on purpose.
i say a conspiracy
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Male 87
I was all set to do a crushing response to all the stupid, scared, grammatically ignorant people who have posted their valuable thoughts on the matter here. But then I realised that it`s a waste of time, reiterating all the arguments that you`ve already ignored. You`ve refused to be convinced by reason.

It first turns on in about a week. Sadly, it appears I`ll see you then.

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Male 168
It`s good that all of you guys just found out this July, shame for me, I found out last`s year October
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Male 213
This is exactly like the doomsday video that was on here like a week ago. Like 7 ways the Earth will end, it was a 60 min video on the BBC
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Female 15,763
I`m pretty sure that it`s not going to destroy earth... I mean, you wouldn`t stop walking on the sidewalk because of the small chance (much larger chance than an atom smasher making a black hole, to be precise) that a car will veer out and hit you.
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Male 5,970
Critics say it will end earth? I would rather believe scientist..
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Female 157
Black Mesa, it`s real! Damn, better get my crowbar now...
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Male 31
Doomsday party at my house!!!!!! Booze is free. all music styles allowed. smoking allowed. drugs allowed. Ugly chicks also welcome (if they are amusing company)...Special guest appearance by R.E.M.

OR

IT`S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD Party at my house!!! BYOB. NO smoking (cuz you will live longer and may die of cancer). No drugs (you might develope a lenghty addiction). No ugly chicks ( there will be a morning to regret your mistakes).....

Which party do you prefer? (also; no cleaning up needed and the cops have better things to do, than responding to noise complaints.)

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Male 1,455
"this thing scares the crap out of me 1 in fifty million is too much for me still well im just gonna pray from now until they fire it up so if we all die i can be ellgible for heaven cause i was planning on getting religion when i was older lol"

Religious ignorance, butchery of the English language, netspeak, and downright idiocy, all in one malformed post!

By the way: Are you living in constant dread of getting killed in a car crash- an event thousands of times more likely to occur?

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Male 1,455
Such a moronic idea. Why the hell would it destroy Earth? The fear for this is far less well-founded than for, say, the Manhattan Project.
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Male 56
Yeah Freddyferret! Just like the world was supposed to end on 2000 and 2006.
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Female 310
this thing scares the crap out of me 1 in fifty million is too much for me still well im just gonna pray from now until they fire it up so if we all die i can be ellgible for heaven cause i was planning on getting religion when i was older lol
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Male 11,740
It will not destroy the earth. That doesn`t happen until 2012 according to the Mayan calendar, and you know that one is right.
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Male 383
.... thats on my 16th birthday........
god dammit! im never gonna be able to drive *legaly*!
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Male 352
Yes critics and the general population says it will destroy the earth, but there is a trained army of scientists who are sure it won`t.
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Male 560
"Sounds like you need therapy many many years of therapy"

Yea I prolly do... I prolly do...

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Female 99
Is it me or does this expiriment remind you of the one on the Armageddon post? It scares me to death
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Male 560
Its funny though cause I watch a BBC program about 5 ways the world could end and this was the last one they showed. And then pointed out that it was the only one that would never happen. I really don`t get people that try to block science for no reason at all. Maybe they want the media attention or something, I don`t know.
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Male 2,576
IT wont destroy the earth.

No.

No.

No.

Fu¢king ignorant doomsday naysayers.

Black holes are created all the time in other Coliders, They evaporate right away. And that Mythical particle? We never even detected it anywhere. And that would just wither away / deterorate before any damage can be done.

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Male 14,334
@sheaton319
Sounds like you need therapy many many years of therapy
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Male 9,306
BUT I HAVEN`T BANGED MY DREAM HOTTIE YET! T_T
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Male 560
it wont kill us but i hope it does. We are all drated up.
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Male 1,365
It`s the creator of the Monolith which will be sent back to the stone age to evolve us. Fellas at IBM.."HAL", or working to destroy it as we speak, and thus it goes in a broken chain of the eternal construction.
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Male 436
Hooray! Mini black holes which will "probably" dissipate instantly. WOO
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Male 426
damn, of course i would wait until the world was gonna end to sign up for netflix...crappy timing...now i`ll never see the new rambo.
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Male 60
"The LHC is only going to reproduce what nature does every second, what it has been doing for billions of years," said John Ellis, a British theoretical physicist at CERN.

Then why do we need to waste money with this machine XP

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Male 14,334
I thought it was when they set off the first atom bomb they said we ran a slim chance of making the atmosphere combust.
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Male 49
Well there is always the possibility that the micro black hole will tear away our atoms one by one at an excrutiatingly slow rate, but quick enough to feel our limbs tearing apart........ayup we`re gonna die horribly, HORRIBLY I SAY!

(but not if you donate money to the church of St. Evanovix, we take Visa, MasterCard and your firstborn kids)

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Male 762
I read on another news report where some guy said ," the odds of the thingy dooming humanity is the same as winning the lottery 5 weeks in row "
I for one am really interested about this , if it does end the universe , we wont know , well be gone in nanoseconds !
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Male 909
That`s a damn good idea, if I say so myself.
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Female 182
I`m going to make sure that I`m having sex when they turn this thing on... you know... just in case! :P
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Male 456
I`m pretty sure I saw this exact same, written word for word, on Yahoo.
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Male 3,369
LOL..they saidtpretty much the same thing when the first nuclear reactor was officially turned on. By offically, it had allready been powered up for two weeks!

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Male 14,334
So if this invents a form a time travel that would be good because?
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Male 49
There`s a small possibility the black hole may only suck in every person in the world except me and Megan Fox ... but ofc there is an outside chance I would be stuck with Michael J. Fox :S

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Male 342
sorry I just wanted to piss off Iroj
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Male 342
REPOST!!
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Female 960
Way to go I-A-B, I submitted this two days ago and was rejected as a `repost`. Ugh.
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Male 909
Dammit, people!

I hate theorys.

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Male 2,388
The creation of a wormhole is possible as is the ceation of a black hole which when created will be going at a fast speed and bending light around it in an orbit at the same time well do the math when going near the speed of light its like (alot + alot / some quantum mathmatics mumbo = a bit more). My point is that the light orbitting around the plantet would be a gateway a couple of seconds into the past in roughly the same place.

Reasons why LHC could destroy the world. In Hitchkers guide to the galaxy it was a belief for some aliens that once you know what the universe is about then it will be replaced by a more complicated one (this isn`t the first time this has been stated).

It is a well known fact that smart people have killed alot more people than dumb people

cya next doomsday though

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Male 205
But what happens if they isolate or create a higgs boson? The main particle which gives mass to objects would have to be ridiculously dense, and by that it may have it`s own gravitational field, so would act similarly to a black whole without having some f the other properties that Hawking predicts
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Male 124
lol you guys know that the most vocal campaigner against the LHC also had a campaign to stop the last big collider they built with exactly the same reasons

the 1 in fifty million thing is a pushas well, its a one in fifty million chance of creating a micro black hole, which by current theory (which the LHC will help prove or disprove) would expend all its energy in the form of hawking radiation before it did any real damage (of course that still means an explosion but its not like we`d lose half the planet just bits of france and switzerland)

In actuality the scientists are looking for the Higgs Boson, the missing link in the creation of modern particles, if it exists it will further solidify the big bang theory and the current model of particle evolution

of course the LHC will be used for other things as well but the higgs boson is the most important to the physicists

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Male 1,263
x_X well drat.
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Male 1,225
>.<... world is not going to end. And if I`m wrong, nobody will be around to care.
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Male 909
Ehhh...
I`ve lived a subpar 18 years.

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Male 103
Whether for or against this machine, it`s about time something in the scientific community (aside from the usual spacewalks) made it to the front line of the press, instead of the latest Brangelina/SimpsoBritney garbage. Kudos to the news for once.
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Male 50
After reading this article I am vaguely reminded of "The Mist".
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Male 667
It will be awesome if this leads to a creation of a wormhole device that enables instant teleportation across vast distances. Like in the movie Stargate. I hope this leads to something extraordinary, like the gateway to "Imaginationland~"
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Male 103
Flip the switch, Dr. Gordon Freeman...
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Male 778
Hilarious. With everything that happens in science there is always someone to stand behind it and point a dooms-day finger. Nuclear energy. If used right would solve our energy crises and is extremely safe so long as procedures are followed (by GOD just like automobiles and believe it or not.. chemistry.) and of course the atom machine. which is expected to produce miniature black-holes smaller than an atom, which scientists have found form all over in the universe. from earth to the most distant stars.. lasting only a few micro-seconds...

If this thing does end the world.. then I welcome it.. because out of all the ways to go.. being sucked in by a man-created black hole has GOT to look pretty damn awesome.

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Male 307
It`s thought to be fired sometime around august...and not be able to reach the level needed for possibly months after firing? so...it`ll work NEXT year? Meh, i don`t care now. I`ll worry in 09`
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Male 2,159
Wow, that`s mighty complicated. It would be awesome if they accidentally created a time machine!

Oh, and a one-in-fifty-million chance of the world somehow being destroyed? I`m gonna take my chances, what with a person being more likely to be killed by a vending machine than that happening.

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Female 309
Well that`s just great.
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Female 1,002
We`re doomed. :/
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Male 177
Link: Atom-Smasher, Will it Destroy Earth? [Rate Link] - In August this year, scientists will activate this machine, but critics think it will most likely destroy Earth.
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