Welcome to a segment I’m calling “Unnecessary Matryoshka subsets” the subsets of which are strictly defined as follows:
- Movies you normally would not expect to contain science, which in fact do contain science.
- Movies I happen to watch that contain said unexpected science.
- The science in said movies that seem intriguing.
- Said intriguing science that turns out to in fact suck.
- Those movies which contain sucky science that I decide to draw comics about.
- Sucky science movies I draw comics about containing Antonio Banderas.
- Movies that are The Big Bang.
Whelp, I’m gonna keep it fun and simple today since Maki went into Sci-ence overdrive on Monday. But I’ll be damned if I don’t clarify this particle accelerator black-hole scare mongering issue first!
We’ve all heard that the LHC might create black holes, specifically micro black holes, that then engulf the earth, because y’know, that’s what black holes do. Well read it from the horses mouth and (don’t) weep.
or just watch Michio Kaku scoff off the suggestion and also explain why the Higgs-Boson is referred to as The God Particle in the first place (spoilers: it’s political strategy, not because it’s magic!)
First of all there’s the ‘in theory we’re safe’ explanation, indicating that a micro black hole would evaporate immediately (presumably too fast to even be observed) because of Hawking Radiation.
Second, there’s the ‘in reality we’re safe becasue’ explanation, stating that the Earth’s atmosphere is regularly bombarded by cosmic rays at much higher energy levels than the LHC can even produce. If micro black holes form, they form here and since we haven’t been swallowed by a black hole since the formation of the Earth, they either immediately evaporate, or don’t exist.
Third, there’s the ‘we’re safe because neutron and white dwarf stars exist’ explanation which basically says that theoretically stable micro black holes, if not electrically charged would just pass right into space without much interaction with matter. If electrically charged they would interact with matter and be brought to rest on a large enough celestial body such as the Earth. But since there are much denser and larger bodies than the Earth like Neutron and white dwarf stars, and since they still exist while also being bombarded with cosmic-ray collisions, there’s nothing to worry about!
So if micro black holes might not even form (harmless though they would be) regular black holes certainly aren’t an issue. So let’s just calm it down with the black-holes in particle accelerators business. There are scarier things to worry about in the world, like Sam Elliot’s wig in the Big Bang, hoo-boy, thatmoviesucked!
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