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    Really, is the (extremely distant, near im)possibility of catastrophe the foremost thing in people's minds when it comes to the LHC?

    I, personally, am excited, and would rather not have a fringe idea come to dominate a discussion where so many interesting and more plausible things could occur.

    I don't pay credence to this. If you know of any scientific reasons to believe that sizable black-holes could be created that would be a different issue.

    We're exploring new territory, of course we are not going to know what will happen. That's kind-of the point. Generally (like in all science and engineering projects), they will do things in stages, adding one variable in at a time.

    A lot of the early experiments will be making sure they can reproduce what was done in earlier super-colliders without having anything fail. There will be set-backs and things that need to be fixed. That is the way all such projects go.

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    I believe black holes are God's way of making sure none of his creations get smart enough to rival him. Put in a tripwire we've got to stumble over when we get sophisticated and curious enough and voila: No more problem.

    The many black holes we've discovered were probably all once hi-tech civilizations experimenting with the fabric of the universe.

    But seriously: No. A mini-black hole can't eat earth. It'd grow a bit before it'd reached it's potential, sucking in a few particles and stuff, but unless physics has gotten it all wrong, that's it. People have been watching too many cartoons. That said: If something like this did happen, so what? Instant non-excistence, no time to worry, none to mourn our passing. There can be worse endings.
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    OMG will people swallow anything that these "boffins" produce?

    So much assumptive nonsense.

    Looking at how the universe formed = I want to play with my new toy so here's my "reason".

    Realistically to be completely correct the term "scientist" should be replaced with "extrapolator". It's more exact.
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    *snore...BZZZZZZ!...yawn* Physics, wha? *yawn* OK I hope the unscientific reactionaries have fun with their lawsuit.

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    I'm no expert, but I think there's no enough mass on Earth for creating a black hole.

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    I'm a churchie and into science. I also know that they're not putting enough energy in to make a black hole big enough that will last more than a millisecond. That's not enough mass to grab more sustaining material unless you actually feed it. That said, if we can create black holes with it we could be close to being capable of producing power packs that run off of Hawking Radiation. If only we could make sure it has a spin in which an electromagnetic field can suspend it. What if that could be used to power a star drive...
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    We're all alive!

    How disappointing.

    *rolls back over* *snores*
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    Which means I should go check out what results the got... eh... no they'd still be analyzing it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    We're all alive!
    In THIS timeline, SURE!

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