Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CERN’s LHC: Will We Find the Gates of Hell?

Editor's note:  This article was published in March 2015.

CERN reactivates tomorrow,  June 4, 2015

By Rob Schwarz on March 26, 2015 // L'Absurde, Science // 8

Bad news on the Large Hadron Collider front: a short circuit could delay its scheduled restart, which would have happened right about now, for “days or even weeks,” according to BBC News.
Now, while this is mostly par for the course, some people are actually relieved that the LHC’s reboot has been delayed. Why? Well, there’s this:
“…many believe not only restrating it is a bad idea with too many unknowns to hope to control that kind of power, but restarting it at double the power outlay as previously used, is asking for what could be an extinction level event. Some also believe this could literally open up the ‘gates of hell.'”

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard doomsday theories surrounding the LHC. Not only were concerns raised back in 2008, but in 2012 one woman took her case to court in an attempt to shut down the entire operation, in fear that the particle accelerator would create a black hole and swallow the Earth!
But maybe that black hole business isn’t too far off. From
“In a new paper published in Physics Letters B, Ahmed Farag Ali, Mir Faizal, and Mohammed M. Khalil explain that the key to finding parallel universes may come from detecting miniature black holes at a certain energy level. The detection of the mini black holes would indicate the existence of extra dimensions, which would support string theory and related models that predict the existence of extra dimensions as well as parallel universes.”

Now, if you know me, you know where my mind goes when I hear about CERN and the creation of “miniature black holes.” That’s right; John Titor, Internet time traveler extraordinaire. Although, to be fair, Faizal clarifies in the same article that they’re not talking about parallel universes in the context of Many-worlds, but rather universes in extra dimensions. We’ll see.
As for the doomsday scenarios, those will always be in the air. About this time last year, concerns were raised over the upgrade of another super collider, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Realistic Heavy Ion Collider. In that case, certain “experts” warned of the creation of black holes and killer strangelets, which could hypothetically turn Earth into a giant blob of “strange matter.” This, as far as I can tell, didn’t happen.
Regarding the “gates of Hell,” I believe the fear, from what I’ve read, is that the discovery of these “parallel universes” will open a portal allowing dark entities to enter our world, similar to what I discussed in my post Is CERN’s Large Hadron Collider Actually a Star Gate? Apparently, those fears are still present.
At any rate, whenever CERN’s LHC does restart, it will do so with double its previous energy. What will we discover then?

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