What is the risk posed to the Earth by the LHC?

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What is the risk posed to the Earth by the LHC?
« on: 02/09/2008 18:24:48 »
Steve Williams asked the Naked Scientists:

I've read many articles about the potential discoveries of the LHC in
realms of unknown particle physics. I have to say that the manufacture of man made Earth based black-holes, however miniature, is actually quite a worrying prospect.

Despite many great physicists' speculation about black-holes, including my hero Stephen Hawking, the fact remains that no-one actually knows what a black-hole is or what they are capable of at any scale.

In the next phase of the LHC it will be accelerating particles to 99.99991% of the speed of light and colliding them to complete annihilation. Will this next phase also mean the annihilation of life as well?

What do you think?


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What is the risk posed to the Earth by the LHC?
« Reply #1 on: 02/09/2008 19:32:19 »
I think this has been asked before

The answer's still "no".
More energetic colisions happen in the atmosphere due to cosmic rays, than are going to be generated at the LHC. The natural bangs haven't killed us so nor with the artificial ones.
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