Par­ti­cle ac­cel­er­a­tor can wipe out Earth

A huge physics ex­per­i­ment in Switzer­land might cause a black hole on Earth, but it will not swal­low our planet.

Science Illustrated - - MYTHS -

When CERN first ac­ti­vated its Large Hadron Col­lider par­ti­cle ac­cel­er­a­tor, the me­dia was full of semi-se­ri­ous prophe­cies of the end of the world.

The ac­cel­er­a­tor was de­signed to col­lide pro­tons, and more, at a much greater force than ever be­fore. Ac­cord­ing to sci­en­tists, that could cause a quan­tum black hole. In the most ex­treme in­ter­pre­ta­tions, the dark hole would at­tract more mass, fi­nally swal­low­ing our planet.

How­ever, a com­mis­sion dis­missed the risk. The for­ma­tion of a quan­tum black hole re­quires en­er­gies 39 times the level that the ac­cel­er­a­tor can pro­duce. And if formed, it would im­me­di­ately dis­ap­pear again.

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