World safe from mad scientists
After all, we may be safe from the mad scientists at CERN
(just kidding: some of these guys are not yet entirely mad) producing low-velocity black holes
that could have swallowed the Earth
if Hawking radiation
just happened not to work after all
. Well, the mad scientists at RHIC
may have just created black holes (or more correctly objects that act like black holes but may be supersymmetric dual objects to black holes (no, I don't really understand what I'm writing here, just pretending)) and observed them evaporate through Hawking radiation
If this is confirmed, it means three different things:
- Black holes have been produced in a laboratory. Scary, but they are very small ones.
- Hawking radiation works
- Superstring effects have been observed
An of course, the Earth is safe from destruction by artificial black holes. So we're back to worrying about nuclear holocaust, climate changes, pollution, strangelets
, massive epidemies, ateroids hitting the Earth. Ew, that was a close one.