The “Big Bang” experiment triggers shock waves!

September 10, 2008 at 6:23 pm | Posted in America, explore, History, Information, science, USA, World | 2 Comments
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Concerns have been raised that turning on, the LHC could lead to the ultimate destruction of the earth and the universe, and hence the research should be stopped. However, all these negative speculations have been played down by CERN..

IF CRITICS are to be believed, the end of the universe will begin by the coming Wednesday, September 10, when the most powerful atom-smasher ever built comes into action, located 300 feet underground near the French-Swiss border. It will be the world’s biggest scientific experiment till date to know how the universe was born, speculations are rife that it will trigger the end of the world and the universe.

All this fuss is related to the experiment that will commence on September 10 when the physicists at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), located near Geneva, will switch on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is a $10 billion and a 17-mile long particle accelerator lying in a circular tunnel beneath the border of France and Switzerland. The moment it gets switched on, the atom-smasher will become a virtual time machine, revealing what happened when the universe came into existence 14 billion years ago.

One of the chief goals of the LHC experiment is to find the elusive Higgs boson, the only fundamental particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics that has not been directly observed. The Higgs boson plays a key role in explaining the origins of the mass in other elementary particles. They hope to shed some light on the invisible material that exists between particles known as “dark matter” as a little is known about it, which make upmost of the universe.

With the discovery of new particles, the scientists aim to recreate the conditions that existed a fraction of a second after the Big and provide vital clues to the building blocks of life. The scientists involved in this project have waited for this moment for two decades and they are on the verge of creating history, but the research team is against the protests and demonstrations by the critics who have dubbed this as a Doomsday test.

Concerns have been raised that turning on the LHC could lead to the ultimate destruction of the earth and the universe, and hence the research should be stopped. TV news channels and tabloids have come up with their own theories of mass destruction and end of life speculations, that have created an environment of uncertainty and unnecessary panic world wide. It has also been reported that some scientists working for CERN have been receiving threatening e-mails and text messages to stop from moving ahead with their dream project.

The critics are of the opinion that the world’s largest particle accelerator will produce fearsome entities that would result in energies being developed which will be powerful enough to create a runaway Black Hole that could consume the earth in no time. There have been even petitions in the Courts to put a break on this project on the ground of saving the earth and mankind. There have been two lawsuits, one American and another European, against this experiment, but their attempts have been rejected by the concerned Courts.

However, the group responsible for the experiment, CERN, says that these mini black holes will vanish as quickly as they are created. All these negative speculations have been played down by CERN and the whole issue has been validated as completely safe, with more dangerous cosmic rays constantly found in nature than could ever be produced by the machine. The head of PR, James Gillies apparently is inundated with people fearing for their lives, and said- “I find myself getting slightly angry with the fact that people have been driven to do what is nonsense. What we are doing is enriching humanity, not putting it at a risk.”

At the same time, the Safety Assessment Group, which has conducted an indepth study into the potential impact of the machine writes- “Each collision of a pair of protons in the LHC will release an amount of energy comparable to that of two colliding mosquitoes, so any black hole produced would be much smaller than those known to astrophysicists.” Another report termed this “end of the world rumor” as bogus and said that cosmic ray collisions are more energetic than those produced in the LHC, therefore LHC experiment shouldn’t be looked up as a fear.

CERN also issued a report revealing that, even if a black hole is to form, it would rapidly evaporate due to Hawking Radiation. The CERN director general, Robert Aymar, said that the LHC will enable us to study in detail what nature is doing all around us and any suggestion that it might pose a risk to earth and mankind is a pure fiction.

Now, if the people involved in the project come out with such clarifications, the doubt should probably get cleared because they are the ones who will be closest to the site of danger, if there is any.
Every research or experiment has its own pros and cons and if we sit back for the fear of “something”, then we are not going to venture into new horizons. Had the earlier researchers and general people would have thought on the same line of safe passage, then we would have still been living on stone edge.

Let us hope that something fruitful comes out of the expedition and the fear of calamity be drowned. And if there is no such calamity, as is feared, then we will probably learn all sorts of exciting new things about the nature of the universe. Exactly what comes out of these collisions, and how it behaves, will hopefully make us more knowledgeable and the new findings may be utilized for th betterment of life.

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  1. Bang Bang Bang…

  2. Well it’s Thursday and we are still here… I think, lol.

    Still humans messing with things like this is like playing with fire I think. Verging on the unknown is not a good idea, humans will probably end this world, not nature.

    With such a backlash from the public and other scientists not involved with the project, was it wise to switch it on?

    I’m not into the whole “scare” stories, but for people to be concerned is right.


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