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10 Ways To Destroy Earth
« on: 24/04/2006 21:22:28 »
Number 8-- Ten Ways to Destroy Earth--
"You will need: a microscopic black hole. Note that black holes are not eternal, they evaporate due to Hawking radiation. For your average black hole this takes an unimaginable amount of time, but for really small ones it could happen almost instantaneously, as evaporation time is dependent on mass. Therefore you microscopic black hole must have greater than a certain threshold mass, roughly equal to the mass of Mount Everest. Creating a microscopic black hole is tricky, since one needs a reasonable amount of neutronium, but may possibly be achievable by jamming large numbers of atomic nuclei together until they stick. This is left as an exercise to the reader.

Method: simply place your black hole on the surface of the Earth and wait. Black holes are of such high density that they pass through ordinary matter like a stone through the air. The black hole will plummet through the ground, eating its way to the center of the Earth and all the way through to the other side: then, it'll oscillate back, over and over like a matter-absorbing pendulum. Eventually it will come to rest at the core, having absorbed enough matter to slow it down. Then you just need to wait, while it sits and consumes matter until the whole Earth is gone.

Highly, highly unlikely. But not impossible.

Earth's final resting place: a singularity of almost zero size, which will then proceed to happily orbit the Sun as normal."  see---
                http://www.livescience.com/technology/10ways_destroyearth.html

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Re: 10 Ways To Destroy Earth
« Reply #1 on: 25/04/2006 00:26:37 »
You could develop a stupid intelligent life form and let then destroy it for you   [:p]

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Re: 10 Ways To Destroy Earth
« Reply #2 on: 25/04/2006 20:37:44 »
I'm afraid we may not have to do this.  We already have it.
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Re: 10 Ways To Destroy Earth
« Reply #3 on: 25/04/2006 20:47:00 »
Consider Way Number 2 (from the same webpage)---
You will need: a single von Neumann machine

Method: A von Neumann machine is any device that is capable of creating an exact copy of itself given nothing but the necessary raw materials. Create one of these that subsists almost entirely on iron, magnesium, aluminum and silicon, the major elements found in Earth's mantle and core. It doesn't matter how big it is as long as it can reproduce itself exactly in any period of time. Release it into the ground under the Earth's crust and allow it to fend for itself. Watch and wait as it creates a second von Neumann machine, then they create two more, then they create four more. As the population of machines doubles repeatedly, the planet Earth will, terrifyingly soon, be entirely eaten up and turned into a swarm of potentially sextillions of machines. Technically your objective would now be complete - no more Earth - but if you want to be thorough then you can command your VNMs to hurl themselves, along with any remaining trace elements, into the Sun. This hurling would have to be achieved using rocket propulsion of some sort, so be sure to include this in your design.

So crazy it might just work.
Any other ways?

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Re: 10 Ways To Destroy Earth
« Reply #4 on: 26/04/2006 14:33:36 »
Call me old fashioned, but I should rather focus on ways of improving and augmenting the planet than destroying it, even if only for an academic exercise.

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