...At least it might explain why we've never heard from extraterrestrial civilizations: Maybe they built Large Hadron Colliders of their own. - Fox News
Fox News calls it the doomsday machine. Will the world indeed end in September when the large Hadron Collider (LHC) starts up again? Will the Cern research center “reveal the universe's secrets, or suck us into a black hole?”
“The Independent” said calling the apparatus “large” is an understatement. It is a giant circular tunnel about 17 miles long, underground between France and Switzerland.
You know that song, “See you in September?” Well, maybe not. Could Fox News be right for once? Apparently good theories never account for human error. National Geographic said in February:
LHC operators successfully fired the first beam of particles around the collider's 17-mile (27-kilometer) circular track last September. But shortly afterward, poor soldering work on a so-called splice joint linking two of the LHC's magnets created an electrical overload.
The glitch caused tons of supercooled helium to leak into the underground tunnel and damage sensitive equipment. Since the meltdown, engineers have developed new diagnostic techniques to prevent similar disasters from occurring.
Somehow, I am not reassured.
Prof. Stephen Hawkings "pointed out that if the LHC were indeed to create minor black holes, his own work on the subject could be verified."
Again, not reassured (even though Hawkings believes the black holes will just fizzle out).
Here is a good video on the subject and some 'scientific wisdom' from FOX NEWS:
FoxNews.com can think of a few other things that didn't seem possible once — the theory of continental drift, the fact that rocks fall from the sky, the notion that the Earth revolves around the sun, the idea that scientists could be horribly wrong.
We're also wondering how often the LHC might create individual black holes, since longer-lived ones have a greater chance of merging with each other, and, um, well, see ya. If the worst comes to pass, and there's now a slightly greater chance that it might, at least it might explain why we've never heard from extraterrestrial civilizations: Maybe they built Large Hadron Colliders of their own.