Since it’s been in the news over the past few days, I decided to look into the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), though not literally of course.
(Free online: Full documentation for the Large Hadron Collider – Posted using ShareThis)
Let’s face it, unless you’re on intimate terms with the Higgs Boson, or just happen to love very big, long, boring corridors with too much plumbing, you may feel a brief perusal of a news article is as close as you need to get. Anyway, as the Neatorama blog observes, the Japanese Heliotron is a much more attractive piece of kit.
However, there are fears in some quarters that the switching on of the LHC will result in the creation of several, if not more, mini black holes, resulting in the destruction of the Earth, Moon and surrounding space. This isn’t news though. The people over at Live Science covered this one a couple of years ago. Apparently the black holes will be so tiny that they’ll gobble themselves up before they even have a chance to add a light seasoning and sprig of parsley to the nearest proton. Unhindered, as I am, by any knowledge of the subject, I found myself speculating on what might be left behind after a black hole has devoured itself; nothing, I presume. Surely nothing is a sort of hole? Given that these non-threatening holes are likely to be produced on a daily basis, possibly up to one a second on busy days, perhaps the Large Hadron Collider should be renamed the Large Hadron Colander?
My thanks to Xorpheous for finding and posting a link to this wonderfully awful LHC rap thing video.