The LHC Will Kill Us All, Possibility #245

From Slashdot:

Physicists have been playing with Bose Einstein Condensate (BECs) for over 10 years now. But in 2001, one group discovered that placing them in a powerful magnetic field could cause the attractive forces between atoms to become repulsive.

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This was little more than a curiosity when only a microscopic blob of cold matter was involved. But superfluid liquid helium is also BEC. And physicists have suddenly remembered that the LHC is swimming in 700,000 liters of the stuff while being zapped by some of the most powerful magnetic fields on the planet. So is the LHC a Bose supernova waiting to go off? Not according to the CERN theory division, which has published its calculations that show the LHC is safe. They also point out that no other superfluid helium handling facility has mysteriously blown itself to pieces.

All right, move along, nothing to see here. But if an Earth-shattering kaboom – or kaphumf, in the case of black holes – does occur you’ll be sure to find us apologising from our fleeing private space shuttles.

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  1. #1 by Devils twisted sister on October 17, 2008 - 8:17 am

    The damned machine will kill us!! the bloody scientists know that and thats why they shut it down cause it was going to create a black hole.
    But if you ask me I think they should of let the damn thing create a black hole! Kill us all cause we are all going to die anyway so why not now!?
    And dont whine and say “I’m still a virgin.”
    Well heres news for you no body dies a virgin life screws us all!

    So to all those scientists I say “Put that damn thing back on and make my day!!!!!!”

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