Saw This In a Movie Once, Pretty Sure It’ll Work*

*Steven Wright

Scientists Not So Sure ‘Doomsday Machine’ Won’t Destroy World

Scare headline aside . . .

Three physicists have reexamined the math surrounding the creation of microscopic black holes in the Switzerland-based LHC, the world’s largest particle collider, and determined that they won’t simply evaporate in a millisecond as had previously been predicted.

Rather, Roberto Casadio of the University of Bologna in Italy and Sergio Fabi and Benjamin Harms of the University of Alabama say mini black holes could exist for much longer — perhaps even more than a second, a relative eternity in particle colliders, where most objects decay much faster.

Under such long-lived conditions, it becomes a race between how fast a black hole can decay — and how fast it can gobble up matter to grow bigger and prevent itself from decaying.

Casadio, Fabi and Harms think the black hole would lose out, and pass through the Earth or out of the atmosphere before it got to be a problem.

“We conclude that … the growth of black holes to catastrophic size does not seem possible. Nonetheless, it remains true that the expected decay times are much longer (and possibly >> 1 second) than is typically predicted by other models,” the three state in a brief paper posted at the scientific discussion Web site ArXiv.org.

See also:
On the Possibility of Catastrophic Black Hole Growth in the Warped Brane-World Scenario at the LHC

Probing Question: Could the Large Hadron Collider swallow the Earth?

Large Hadron Collider homepage

So, the alternatives are, we could all die or we could find the evidence that proves there are really 11 dimensions, give or take a few. A.K.A. M-theory, it would be a a game changer, we’d have to change all the science textbooks.

See also:
M-theory, the theory formerly known as Strings

Status of Superstring and M-Theory

As soon as they get the LHC fixed, I say fire it up!

/you pays your money, you takes your chances