So the lovely people at CERNhttp://public.web.cern.ch/Public/Welcome.html have built the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator EVER. According to the LA Times, "[at] the peak, the hydrogen protons in the new collider will reach 99.9999991% of the speed of light. Each packet of protons will complete 11,245 laps around the collider every second and carry as much power as a speeding train" (emphasis added). Cool right? I mean, they could discover the Higg's particle! They could discover different dimensions! Neato! They will be unraveling the secrets of the universe! Will the answer really be 42?
From the article:
Critics think the collider could also spawn a black hole that will swallow Earth.
That could be just an appetizer. Once the collider got going, according to the doomsday scenario, it could gobble up distant stars like a child popping Skittles...
It's just as possible that the tiny black hole would be stable and start chewing up normal matter, he said.
It could take years for it to become large enough to gobble up the Earth, but there's no evidence that can't happen, he said.
His suit for a restraining order is to "preserve the status quo while the court considers the arguments. In this case, the status quo is Mother Earth being here," he said.
Another nightmare possibility is that the collider could produce something called strange matter, a theoretical substance that some physicists think exists in the center of the remnants of collapsed stars.
The pressure and temperature are so intense that the protons and electrons fuse into neutrons, then collapse into a mass of quarks.
Theoretically, the tremendous gravity of strange matter would convert any ordinary matter it came in contact with.