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“Maybe a black hole could form, and then suck in everything around it,” he writes, as Sarah Knapton reported over at the Telegraph.But there’s an even more sinister way that Earth could be destroyed by the particle accelerators built on it. According to Rees, this would be a “catastrophe that engulfs space itself.”
“The second scary possibility is that the quarks would reassemble themselves into compressed objects called strangelets. That in itself would be harmless. However, under some hypotheses, a strangelet could, by contagion, convert anything else it encounters into a new form of matter, transforming the entire earth in a hyperdense sphere about one hundred meters across.”
That’s about the length of one soccer field or 330 feet.
“Empty space – what physicists call the vacuum – is more than just nothingness. It is the arena for everything that happens. It has, latent in it, all the forces and particles that govern the physical world. The present vacuum could be fragile and unstable,” Ress said.
“Some have speculated that the concentrated energy created when particles crash together could trigger a ‘phase transition’ that would rip the fabric of space. This would be a cosmic calamity, not just a terrestrial one.”
September 24 – October 12 Monday—Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway (no voting at Market Street entrance) Midtown Center, 5700 W. Capitol Drive (located west of Pick ‘n Save, enter lot at 58th & Capitol) Mitchell Street Library, 906 W. Historic Mitchell St. AND: Monday, October 15 – Sunday, November 4 Monday—Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays (Oct. 27 & Nov. 3 only) 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays (Oct. 28 & Nov. 4 only) 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway Midtown Center, 5700 W. Capitol Drive Mitchell Street Library, 906 W. Historic Mitchell St. Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave. Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave. Mill Road Library, 6431 N. 76th St. UWM Peck School of the Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. (located in the Helene Zelazo Center across from the student union) MATC, 700 W. State St. (MATC students and faculty only for this location, schedule subject to MATC hours) *Voting hours at UWM on Friday, October 26 are 8am to 12pm only *No voter registration on November 3 or November 4 *No Sunday hours at MATC locationOK, so let’s get going—the sooner we get our voting done, the sooner we can all have a nice cocktail or three as reward for a job well done, ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek and I told you so.