Monday, 1 September 2008

'Are we on the eve of destruction?'

'It has cost £4.4billion and is designed to unlock the secrets of the Big Bang.

But rather than providing vital information about the beginning of life, the world's biggest experiment could cause the end of the world, say scientists.

They fear that the Large Hadron Collider - due to be switched on in nine days' time - will create a black hole that could swallow the planet.

By smashing sub-atomic particles together at close to the speed of light, the LHC aims to recreate the conditions that existed a fraction of a second after the birth of the universe or Big Bang, shedding light on the building blocks of life.

But critics claim that the 'time machine', which has been built 300ft beneath the French-Swiss border near Geneva, could instead spawn a shower of mini-black holes.

Within four years, one of these 'celestial vacuums' could have swollen to such a size that it is capable of sucking the Earth inside-out, said Otto Rossler, one of a group of scientists mounting a last-minute court challenge to the project.

They claim the experiment violates the right to life under the European Convention of Human Rights. However, the case at the European Court of Human Rights is not expected to delay the switch on, scheduled for Wednesday of next week.

Professor Rossler, a German chemist, said the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or CERN, has admitted its project will create black holes but doesn't consider them to be a risk.

He warned: 'My own calculations have shown it is quite plausible that these little black holes survive and will grow exponentially and eat the planet from the inside. I have been calling for CERN to hold a safety conference to prove my conclusions wrong but they have not been willing.'

Those involved in the project have dismissed the claims as 'absurd' and insist that extensive safety assessments have found the experiment, which is funded by 20 countries, including the UK, to be safe.

A report written earlier this year stated: 'Over the past billions of years, nature has already generated on Earth as many collisions as about a million LHC experiments - and the planet still exists.'

The lifespan of any mini-black holes would be 'very short', it added.

CERN spokesman James Gillies said the arguments before the European Court of Human Rights had been answered in 'extensive safety assessments'.

He told the Sunday Telegraph: 'The Large Hadron Collider will not be producing anything that does not happen routinely in nature due to cosmic rays. If they were dangerous we would know about it already.'

Scientists have used large particle colliders to smash atoms and pieces of atoms together for 30 years, but this machine has attracted so much attention because it is the most powerful ever built.

In the LHC beams of protons will be propelled through an 18-mile-long circular tunnel. More than 5,000 magnets lining the tunnel will accelerate the hundreds of billions of tiny particles to almost the speed of light, allowing them to complete one circuit in one-11,000th of a second.

There will be two beams going in opposite directions, each packing as much energy as a car travelling at 100mph.

When they reach almost the speed of light, they will be smashed head on into each other, breaking them into their constituent parts, including, perhaps, the building blocks of the universe.'


James Jr said...

Are you aware of the history of LHC safety?

Former Nuclear Safety Officer Walter L. Wagner discovered flaws with CERN's safety arguments. He believes that the Large Hadron Collider could create dangerous particles that might destroy Earth, so he filed a law suit to require proof of safety. [1]

In response, CERN scientists created a safety report in 2008 that argues no real chance of danger. [2]

After review, German Astrophysicist Dr. Rainer Plaga argues that CERN's new report does not prove safety. Dr. Plaga proposes that CERN follow additional safety procedures to help reduce the danger, including proceeding slowly. [3]

On August 14th, CERN's Dr. Jonathan Ellis stated that there is no real danger and they will not proceed slowly, collisions will begin in a few weeks. [4]

Another German scientist famous for contributions to Chaos theory and a visiting professor of physics Dr. Otto E. Rössler theorizes that if micro black holes are created in the Large Hadron Collider, they could grow large enough to destroy Earth in just years or decades. [5]

Dr. Rössler requests that an emergency safety conference be held before collisions begin. He is due to meet Swiss President Pascal Couchepin to discuss safety concerns.

[1] US Federal Lawsuit Filings - Walter L. Wagner

[2] The safety of the LHC, Web Site - CERN

[3] On the potential catastrophic risk from metastable quantum-black holes produced at particle colliders - Rainer Plaga Rebuttal

[4] CERN?s Dr. Ellis tells only half of the story - JTankers

[5] A Rational and Moral and Spiritual Dilemma - Otto E. Rössler Safety Counter Arguments

FilmNoir23 said...

Either way, the world is likely never to be quite the same...

capricorn said...

When the first atomic bomb had been built, scientists apparently didn't know whether its detonation would trigger a chain reaction which would detroy the entire universe. It seems they decided that the only way to find out was to go ahead and test it. As it turned out, we are still here, but the point is that things might have turned out otherwise.

Now, once again scientists are putting our whole world at risk, at huge expense to tax-payers and for absolutely no benefit that I can see. Who cares or benefits from knowing how the universe was created? I certainly don't. I think it's enough to know that we are here, and an integral part of the whole.

I am reminded of the similarity to silly but hugely expensive space programmes and the weapon systems produced by what is now the world's largest industry, one which invents and produces ever more effective and sophisticated means of killing people.

Much of what modern science is producing is destroying our wealth, health and lives, yet we could exist perfectly well without such things such as nuclear weapons capable of killing everyone on this planet several times over; we could live very well without space programmes, or the multi-billion dollar vaccine industry which systematically poisons our children under the pretext of preventing diseases, or so-called atom smashers.

In fact, if all the money spent on all this expensive but unnecessary gadgetry was spent on health and education and dealing with the many problems we have created on this planet, we could start to live in harmony with each other and with nature, instead of some immature grown-ups playing silly and/or destructive games with their expensive toys.

However, as this world has obviously been turned into a mental asylum run by its worst inmates, we may just have to accept the psychopathic culture imposed on the rest of us by the psychopaths at the top, for the time being.