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Be serious: Is the world going to be sucked into a black hole?

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by aimeeandbeatles, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

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    I'm worried. :(
     
  2. GoodSarmatian

    GoodSarmatian Temporary Configuration

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    The leading critic is a Biochemist from Germany, and most Physicist don't think there will be a black hole or of there is one it will collapse within nanoseconds so I'm positive we have nothing to fear.
     
  3. Snerk

    Snerk Smeghead

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    Well, particles from space collide with the atmosphere all the time at the same speed as the ones in the Hadron Collider experiment. So if there was a real risk of a creation of a black hole, the skies would be full of black holes.
     
  4. Metal Alloy Man

    Metal Alloy Man Back in Black

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    If it was possible for the LHC to destroy the earth in any way, nature would've already destroyed earth several thousand times over.
     
  5. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

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    Thank you. I'm less worried now.
     
  6. LucyDuke

    LucyDuke staring at the clock

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    No, it's not.

    And if it did happen, you'd be too dead to mind.
     
  7. mr_lewington

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    No, it's not going too. Even if it did, it would happen so fast you wouldn't notice it
     
  8. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    Gigaz civoholic

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    People always think that if a microscopic black hole from LHC was an armlength away from them they'd be sucked in instantly. But thats nonsense. It probably wouldn't suck in a single proton.
     
  10. qwertz

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    for comparison: the size of the black hole that might be produced at CERN compared to the size of a respirable dust particle is about the same as the size of that dust particle compared to the size of the universe.

    So I really don't see how ppl can be sceared of a black hole of those proportions.
     
  11. mdwh

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    Well, the argument is that it would grow gradually - first sucking in things on an atomic scale, but continually growing larger.

    I don't think the world's going to end, but I would be curious to know what the effects of a microscopic black hole would be, in the hypothetical case that Hawking radiation didn't exist.
     

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