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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Is The Juiced-Up Large Hadron Collider Dangerous?

The Large Hadron Collider is to switch on its beams at an even higher power soon, and it’s main goal is to open a gateway into the depths of Hell...at least according to some on the internet.

The reason for this panic?

CERN officially marked the ‘Year of Light,’ in February, and inadvertently fanned the bonfire of internet conspiracy.

YourNewsWire reported, "Is CERN the most dangerous thing in the cosmos that could lead to the ultimate destruction of the Earth and the entire universe?'

An article published by i09 in February 2014 detailed many of the fears associated with the upgraded Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Does the Large Hadron Collider upgrade point to a potential catastrophe...one powerful enough to destroy our entire planet?

Probably not...though I'm not going to totally discount the possibility.

Following two years of upgrades, researchers hope that newly planned experiments may reveal the existence of parallel universes, with vast implications for scientific and philosophical understanding.

Test beams of proton particles were fired last week in the Large Hadron Collider, marking the re-ignition of the world’s largest physics experiment. When the collider reaches higher levels of power, which must be gradually built up, scientists are hopeful that new experiments will reveal the presence of dark matter, as well as miniature black holes. The collider is set to reach 13 tera electron volts (TeV) of power, far higher than the 5.3 TeV previously used at CERN to search for the miniature singularities.

A new model predicts that black holes may form in six dimensions at energy levels of 9.5 TeV and in 10 dimensions at 11.9 TeV. Mir Faizal, one of the scientists behind the upcoming experiment, asserts that these black holes will allow researchers to prove the existence of parallel universes through the theory of “gravity’s rainbow.”

“Just as many parallel sheets of paper, which are two dimensional objects [breadth and length] can exist in a third dimension [height], parallel universes can also exist in higher dimensions,” Faizal explained. “We predict that gravity can leak into extra dimensions, and if it does, then miniature black holes can be produced at the LHC.”

Faizal is quick to point out that the idea of parallel universes is distinct from the “many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics,” which he says falls more into the realm of philosophy than science. Instead, the researchers are using CERN’s Large Hadron Collider to search for evidence of concrete universes in other dimensions.

“We have calculated the energy at which we expect to detect these mini black holes in ‘gravity’s rainbow’. If we do detect mini black holes at this energy, then we will know that both gravity’s rainbow and extra dimensions are correct.”

Two years ago, researchers at CERN were able to use the collider to prove the existence of the Higgs Boson. If the new experiments are successful, the work conducted at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider may have deep implications for both general relativity and quantum mechanics.

But, then again, is there a real danger associated with these experiments? I suppose we'll soon find out.

Several sources: inquisitr.com, YourNewsWire.com, io9.com, dailymail.co.uk, birminghampost.co.uk, metro.co.uk

The Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

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