8 September 2008, JellyBean @ 3:43 am

According to Professor Otto Rössler, a German chemist at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, the world could quite possibly end on Wednesday when CERN switches on the The Large Hadron Collider and conducts its first experiments.

Prof. Rössler recently lost a bid with the European Court of Human Rights to obtain an injunction preventing the experiment from taking place. However, the court will rule on allegations that the experiment violates the right to life under the European Convention of Human Rights.

The Large Hadron Collider is designed to repliate conditions in the universe just after the Big Bang took place. Scientists will be smashing particles together at speeds 99.99% of the speed of light. The sub-atomic particles whizz around in opposite directions inside a giant ring-shaped tunnel 27 kilometres in circumference that runs 100 metres below the Swiss/French countryside. The particles will be smashed together 600 million times per second, and the results recorded and observed by four huge detectors placed in chambers the size of cathedrals deep underground.

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The project which cost 10 billion dollars and 20 years to build has the support of over 10 000 scientists around the world and the experimentis widely seen as the greatest scientific endeavour since the moon landings.

But according to Prof. Rössler, CERN itself admits that mini black holes could be created during the experiment when particles collide. And these, he says, are what is going to possibly cause the destruction of the earth.

Prof. Rössler says, “My own calculations have shown that it is quite plausible that these little black holes survive and will grow exponentially and eat the planet from the inside. I have been calling for CERN to hold a safety conference to prove my conclusions wrong but they have not been willing.”

Most top scientists in the world dismiss these fears, saying even if a black hole were to be created it will be so small it will evaporate in no time. Professor Rössler claims that, in the worst case scenario, the earth could be sucked inside out within four years of a mini black hole forming.

A safety report published earlier this year by experts at CERN and reviewed by a group of external scientists gave the Large Hadron Collider the all clear. It stated that there was little theoretical chance that the experiment would pose a danger to earth. Nature often produces higher energy collisions on the earth than will be possible in the collider.

Particle Colliders have been used before with no devastating effect. This latest machine, however, is the biggest ever built and will produce temperatures 100 000 times hotter than the sun for a split second.

So will the world end on Wednesday? We can not say for certain, but I guess we will find out if we all wake up to good cup of coffee on Thursday morning!

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