Black Holes and Reservations

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"Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya."
Leonard Cohen / Hallelujah

Posted on May 21, 2008 1:40 PM in Elsewhere
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From CNN:

Although astronomers have detected black holes only in deep space, there is speculation that a black hole could be generated at the Large Hadron Collider, the multibillion-dollar particle accelerator under development at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland.

The idea that a black hole could emerge in these experiments is far-fetched, [Boston University astronomer Alan] Marscher said. But even if the accelerator did create a black hole, it wouldn't necessarily be harmful, he said.

"If you made a little tiny black hole in a laboratory, it wouldn't have that much gravity. It wouldn't suck in everything that's on the Earth; it would just suck in stuff that's within, say, a few millimeters of it," he said. "It wouldn't be the devastating danger that science-fiction writers would say, because it'd be a real tiny mass."

Still, even a laboratory-made black hole shouldn't be kept around for long. By its nature of sucking things up, it could just grow and grow, accumulating more mass and more power to pull in more things.

"I think I would put it into something that had a lot of mass and then just toss it off into space, so it wouldn't come into contact with very much matter so it wouldn't grow." Marscher said.

Aside: I bet "tossing it off into space" is only a multimillion (billion?) dollar proposal.

Comments

Ian Clifton on May 21, 2008 at 3:57 PM:

When I read the title of this post, I thought it was going to be about restaurant reservations being lost (in a "black hole"). The little that I've read about the whole project makes me think that a black hole will never be created by the hadron collider and that that idea is ridiculous. Of course, I also think that if it were to happen, "toss[ing] it off into space" is an absurd and near-impossible task. Oh well, the collider is the result of cooperating between over thirty nations, which might be more than we can say about the Iraq war (but maybe we can toss it off into space?)... not to mention that its total cost is what, a couple of days in Iraq? At the same time, it's amazing that we can build these multi-billion-dollar projects and not provide enough food and education for everyone.

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Zim on May 21, 2008 at 9:08 PM:

I like so much particle accelerators, and this one specially. It's a huge project, and this theories are intrigating. Now I'm in doubt, but I'll ask at my science group this weekend and see if they can tell me something more technical about this. I know it has something to do with Hawking's Radiation and nuclear physics (of course). If I found something interesting I'll came back to this post.

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Bernie Zimmermann on May 21, 2008 at 10:09 PM:

Looking forward to your potential follow-up, Zim.

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