Our planet is not at risk from the world’s most powerful particle physics experiment, a report has concluded.
The document addresses fears that the Large Hadron Collider is so energetic, it could have unforeseen consequences.
Critics are worried that mini-black holes made at the soon-to-open facility on the French-Swiss border might threaten the Earth’s very existence.
But the report, issued the European Organization for Nuclear Research, says there is “no conceivable danger”.
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June 25, 2008 at 12:28 am
CERN is telling the public “no conceivable danger”.
However, buried in the same document meant to validate the new safety report is the following disclaimer concerning the only empirical “proof” of safety from micro black holes, which appears to very strongly imply “some conceivable danger”:
Quote “this argument relies on properties of cosmic rays and neutrinos that, while highly plausible, do require confirmation” – CERN’s SPC Committee
This report is not well advertised that I can determine, and you must read it in context with the 2008 LSAG Safety Report to fully understand the meaning, but here it is: http://indico.cern.ch/getFile.py/access?contribId=20&resId=0&materialId=0&confId=35065
Unfortunately there is not a single irrefutable argument for the safety of creating micro black holes with velocities too slow to escape Earth. Not one.
Three strongly disputed assumptions? Micro Black holes are created or not, decay or not, grow slowly or not.
I hope I’m miscalculating, but I fear this might be a bit like playing Russian Roulette and not knowing how many cylinders are loaded, none, all?
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