Large Hadron Collider – Will the World End?

The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s largest machine and it’s designed to examine the world’s smallest particles in hopes of discovering how the universe was created and unlock its secrets. 328 feet below the surface of France and Switzerland is where the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) lies. The LHC is a project headed by CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). When turned on the LHC throws beams of protons and ions near the speed of light at each other creating a collision, which can then be recorded. This may sound a little odd, right? But, when thousands of scientists from hundreds of countries come together to work on one experiment, you know it must be important. They’re trying to find meaning behind life or at least a better understanding of how this all came about. How crazy is that?

Okay, so, the Standard Model is the theory that tries to define and explain the fundamental particles that make the universe. It tries to relate the theory of relativity to the quantum theory. It also explains 3 of the 4 forces on Earth; strong nuclear force, weak nuclear force and electromagnetic force. Unfortunately, it does not tie gravity into the mix. The Standard Model makes predictions that seem to be true about the universe, but the Higgs Bosum particle is something that is left in the dark, pun intended. The Higgs Bosum particle is trying to answer the questions about mass and why some things have a mass and some do not, for instance neutrinos. Another proposed question is what happened in the early seconds of the universe and how antimatter and matter annihilated each other. Good thing there was a little more matter than antimatter (wink). Dark matter is another question that is left to be answered. As far as we know, we can only observe 4% of the universe… The undetectable matter we cannot see is called dark matter, and the combination of that and matter still only accounts for only 25% of the universe… Getting confused? Me too. Anyway, the rest is called dark energy. The LHC is supposed to answer all of these questions by observing and recording the explosions that happen when particles smash into each other. Hopefully…

Now that we got past some of the physics, the LHC has a circumference of 16.8 miles and is 328 feet underground. How does the LHC throw particles at each other? Well, it uses magnets that weigh several tons that propel particles at 99.99% the speed of light (WTF). There are around 9,600 magnets that are cooled to 1.9 degrees Kelvin, which is -456.25 Fahrenheit. Mind you that 0 Kelvin is absolute zero, the temperate where particles stop moving, meaning nothing exists…Yeah… The collisions are recorded with about 150 million sensors that send the information to computers. Over a year the LHC will collect 15 petabytes of data (about 100,000 DVDs worth).

So, can a black hole come out of this and eat the Earth whole? Well, no… But, maybe?? CERN scientists continue to state that it is extremely safe but there are some that don’t believe so. Black holes, could it produce them? Yes. CERN says the LHC can produce black holes, but they follow up quickly by saying the black holes created would be so small they would collapse instantaneously. The second fear is that the LHC will create strangelets. Don’t ask me what they are, but for some reason they could possess a powerful gravitational field that could end up converting the Earth into a lifeless planet. These particles are hypothetical, which is the main argument against them since they’ve never been observed in the universe before. Also, even if they were real, LHC scientists believe they would be highly unstable and decay in an instant. The last enemy of Earth is a theoretical particle called a magnetic monopole. A monopole only has a single magnetic side, hence the theory is that they could pull matter apart because of the lopsided magnetic charge. CERN scientist disagree because some of them are actually hoping they come out of these experiments so they could witness them.

Will the world end one random day when one particle hits another and creates a massive black hole that envelops the world? Will scientists figure out how the universe was created? Will the LHC just be the first massive experiment that sets up many others that can actually do serious damage to life on Earth? Will this be a big waste of money and time? Who knows, but I’m guessing since this is a world event there must be something to it… Either a groundbreaking experiment or a huuuge conspiracy where scientists take over the world!!!


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One Response to Large Hadron Collider – Will the World End?

  1. who hasnt hoped for something good, but only recieved the opposite.. this machine will be the paramount picture a lil after 2012, stay tuned.

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