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Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Person-made Black Hole at CERN?! A Rap!

Courtesy of Talia W.:

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has received a good deal of media attention due to the claim that it has the capacity to create microscopic black holes with the potential to destroy the earth (mostly before 2010, although a recent court case in Germany raised the supposed danger again). This video by Alpinekat, the (renowned) creator and performer of the "Large Hadron Rap," refutes the assertions that the earth could be drawn into an LHC-created black hole. She notes that if this were possible (which Stephen Hawking doesn't think it is), high-energy cosmic rays should have destroyed our planet long ago, and that if the LHC could create black holes, they would be too small to pull anything in and would quickly disintegrate. This video is significant in that it targets a major misconception; media attention for CERN and other scientific research is good – as long as it's the right kind.

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