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#1: The end of the world...IS TOMORROW?! Author: Morpheus :nuu: PostPosted: Tue 09 Sep, 2008
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Okay, so I've heard things on the radio, on youtube, and from my friends that the world is going to end on September 10, 2008 (tomorrow). From what I've been told is that a bunch of scientists in Europe are doing some type of experiment that COULD create a black hole, causing everybody will die.
Scientist group A: Yea, this experiment will probably work
Scientist group B: IT WILL KILL US ALL!?!?





Can somebody tell me what's going on?

#2:  Author: The HB PostPosted: Tue 09 Sep, 2008
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The chances of us dying are around 1 in 100000...

So, really, I highly doubt we will.

Basically, there's this machine been made, called the Large Hadron Collider. It's basically going to fire particles or something, and reenact the big bang or something. I don't know exactly, since I haven't worked on it.

Anyway, it's due to be switched on tomorrow at 8:30am British time. And the odds are in the world's favour, at 99999 out of 100000 that the experiment will work without a hitch.

Although it could potentially create a black hole and destroy the world.

#3:  Author: tkrulewich PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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ok. I don't know that much about the physics involved, but from what my dad says (a physics nerd) the black holes will probably be created in a particle accelerator. They will fire two particles together at high speeds. Do you think this doesn't happen in nature? I would imagine rapid moving particles from space collide in our atmosphere all the time, and that hasn't killed us yet. After some research I found that scientists believe this happens on our own planet in nature quite often, and that the black holes will have an even horizon smaller than an atom, so it shouldn't be able to even pull in a single atom. It will also give off radiation (in the form of heat?) and dissipate rather quickly. Scientists could be wrong however, but I am not worried at all. My information could be wrong, as my memory isn't perfect, but I think everything I said here is correct.

#4:  Author: Morpheus :nuu: PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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I can't wait!
We either A. Get to live through a scientific breakthrough or B. Die because of a scientific breakthrough
:D

#5:  Author: casaBLANKa PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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I'll talk to my biology teacher about this...he's a genius. He should know about this kinda stuff.

Sounds interesting. I knew the British would kill us all eventually.

#6:  Author: kTFox PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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My science teacher talked some about it today. She said that the people who think that it would create a black hole are idiots and that it won't make a black hole.

#7:  Author: tkrulewich PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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well i don't know all the physics involved but I'd say the physicists and engineers know more than your science teacher tounge2

#8:  Author: Sheik PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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tkrulewich wrote:
well i don't know all the physics involved but I'd say the physicists and engineers know more than your science teacher tounge2


You never know.. Some teachers are really smart. There's an expression, those who can't do, teach. So teachers couldn't go on creating new stuff, but they know a huuge amount of information on the subject, obviously, because they teach it tounge2

#9:  Author: tkrulewich PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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teachers don't need to know vasts amounts of information on the subject. And it said kTFox's age was 14, so he would be in middle school. Middle school teachers don't need to know much at all tounge2. In fact, everything middle school science teachers really need to know is in their teachers editions of the text books :D.

#10:  Author: Essa PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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Yeah my dad told me that he read about that. I laughed at him, thinking he was joking, then I found the article. The thing is, I don't think that they would actually do that if it had a high chance of killing us all, lol. I just can't see them gainning clearence to perform the experiment. What is the world commin' to? Answer? A black hole.

Can't wait for the results though! Well, as long as we don't die...I'm too young!! wink

#11:  Author: Bruno PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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mildly amusing, isn't it. fun ensues when you take in consideration the fact that, if the said black hole incident does happen, it will raise considerably the odds of the theory put to test being right. i can actually picture an alien form of intelligent life, picking up radio signals from a weird civilisation which, faced with the choice between "possible black hole" and "possibly not being able to test a theory", considered the later fate to be more dreadful.

casaBLANKa wrote:
Sounds interesting. I knew the British would kill us all eventually.

with Yank money, i knew it!

#12:  Author: Win Laik Pya PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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Black hole sun, won't you come?
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun, won't you come?
Won't you come?

#13:  Author: tkrulewich PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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just thought id point out that the machine starts in 1 hour and 20 min as of now. It will be midnight where I am when it starts.

#14:  Author: kTFox PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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tkrulewich wrote:
teachers don't need to know vasts amounts of information on the subject. And it said kTFox's age was 14, so he would be in middle school. Middle school teachers don't need to know much at all tounge2. In fact, everything middle school science teachers really need to know is in their teachers editions of the text books :D.


Umm, actually .. no. I'm 15 and a Sophomore in high school. Just to clarify things. And yeah the machine is coming on soon. The experiment begins on September 10 soon after 9 a.m. (0700 GMT).

#15:  Author: Win Laik Pya PostPosted: Wed 10 Sep, 2008
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I think many people don't understand the PURPOSE of the machine (and if you are reading this post, more than likely we are all still alive, unless you are some razy time demon.)

The purpose of the machine is to create a mini black hole by launching particles art each other at the speed close to light.

The black hole is so tiny, it dissipates within a millisecond.

this more than likely happens around us all the time and we don't notice it, because obviously we don't notice when particles collide.

it also happens in the earth's atmosphere, which we do know. guess what? we're still here!

So when they say 'black hole' they DONT mean mega huge planet-sucking thing. They mean tiny, atom sized black hole that we can record. which is good. we may be able to study material that hasn't been around since the big bang!

woohoo!



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