Colliders, Big Bangs & Black Holes...

OH MY!
Wild. Scientists have developed a 17 mile-long tunnel that essentially smashes atoms in attempts to recreate post-Big Bang conditions to better understand how matter varies in density. If I understand it correctly, in lay terms (which I probably don't). "By creating hundreds of thousands of head-on collisions each second, physicists hope to understand the fiery conditions of the universe a trillionth of a second after the big bang." (National Geographic)

This invention may also help us to understand the enigmatic "Dark Matter" that fills so much of our universe.

And holy Star Trek! The "Hadron Collider" actually may produce temporary, microscopic Black Holes because of how tightly matter will be packed inside the collider. Some scientists have worried that such black holes could actually swallow up bits of our universe. So far, though, we're still here...

3 comments:

James said...

Hmm, I don't know exactly how a black hole works, but just it's name has a negative conotation. If they swallow any part of the universe, hopefully it is the part that the Dallas Cowboys are in.

nate said...

The geek in me eats this stuff up.

I read a blog a few days ago (a very conservative Anglican blog) in which the author stated it would be impossible for the machine to create a black hole that would swallow up the earth because Armageddon has not taken place yet.

2Pete said...

Haha! That's great! I love it. Sort of like, it is impossible for nuclear war to decimate humanity because Revelation promises a remnant.

Worse yet, is celebrating catastrophe as fulfillment of biblical prophesy... but I digress...

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