In recent years the scientific community is shaken with the new discoveries made by the Large Hadron Collider (or the LHC). As the name suggests, this collider is colossal. As large as having 27 km of circumference in a tunnel near the France-Switzerland border in Geneva.
This machine has many superlatives related to it. It is the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, and the biggest single machine in the world, built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) from 1998 to 2008
The scientists at CERN are trying to study the particles and their behavior by smashing them at very high speeds. The resultant decay particles obtained are very useful in predicting the existence of the particles which so far have been only proved in theory like the Higgs Boson or the god particle.
Apart from all the exciting discoveries and bunch of white lab coat-clad scientists, there is a group of people that firmly believes that the LHC will cause the early doom of our world. Even though these concerns are baseless, they are still so deep rooted that a man from Hawaii filed a court case against CERN in protest of experiments being conducted in 2012.
Here are a few myths which are usually marooned with the LHC
The LHC can create black holes
True. LHC can create Black Holes
Black holes are the classic space sci-fi movie villain that gobbles up everything like a monster. They are nothing but a region of intense gravity from which even photons can’t escape. The gravity is so strong because the mass density is infinite in that region. No wonder it sounds scary when you hear that the LHC can create black holes. But don’t worry these black holes are microscopic and highly unstable with a life span of a few milliseconds. Even if such a mini black hole manages to survive somehow, it can’t possibly suck up our world. It takes a star with a mass 1000 times larger than our sun to collapse and form a decent intimidating black hole.