Friday, September 22, 2006

Has science fiction taught us nothing?

Apparently, the Universe is to be destroyed next year.

"According to one scenario tiny black holes could be produced which hopefully would decay into what is known as Hawking radiation (the tinier the black hole, the faster it evaporates). If these black holes fail to decay, however, the consequences could be disasterous."

At least I'm not the only one who finds this a bit scary.


At 9/22/2006 4:03 p.m., Anonymous Anth said...

I stopped caring after (insert high number here) asteroids on collision course for Earth, and all of humanity is doomed. The asteroids seem to be either knocked off course, or never on course to hit earth.

People who say stuff like that aren't credible, since their writers for the Weekly World News...

At 9/23/2006 4:32 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

well i'm extremely liberal when it comes to letting science progress as it will, but I think it would be reasonable to suggest that we not create freaking black holes if there's even the slightest chance in the "UNIVERSE" that we might not be able to stop them from doing what black holes do.

This is reckless and ridiculous. have you found any more articles on this at all? If it's an isolated article then it might not be credible, but I'm with you, on the face of things this is scary stuff.

At 9/23/2006 7:27 p.m., Blogger Shan said...

It's not an issue, much more work and research in understanding matter is required before we're able to attempt anything. Hawking speaks of mathematical models and conjecture, but very little has been proven yet. It's interesting stuff and we need to continue with the research. But there isn't a big risk, this kind of research doesn't include a bunch of whitecoats in a lab trying to open up time-space with a chisel.


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