Why the Large Hadron Collider won’t end the world.

I’m sure most of you have at least heard of the Large Hadron Collider, and how its amazing size and power could answer some of the most important unanswered questions in physics.

You may also have heard doomsayers claim it will end the world by creating a black hole.

Forget the fact that a regular black hole has a mass several times greater than our sun, and these guys are colliding subatomic particles. Those are minor details to distract you from imminent destruction.

You may have also heard the generally rejected, but critically acclaimed, theory that the world will end on December 21st, 2012, because the Mayan calendar ends then. (Again: disregard several details about the calendar itself and it makes for some sensational Discovery channel shows)

Because of this, a lot of people have concluded that the world will end in 2012, because of the Large Hadron Collider.

Well…

Nope.

Short story shorter, LHC is getting shut down for all of 2012 because of some budgeting issue.

But I know the truth: these scientists just don’t want to risk it. Guess we’ll have to rely on some much cooler mass-extinction events

Seriously though. This one is about as likely as the LHC black hole. But at least this one is physically possible. And it’s pretty cool.

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