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Posted by Jamais Cascio in The Long View on January 23, 2007 12:12 PM
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I'm sure you're aware of this, but another means to planetary elimination is a particle accelerator accident. According to Bostrom and Tegmark,
There are three ways that a particle accelerator could hypothetically end our world. It could spawn a planet-swallowing black hole; it could create strangelets, weird matter that alters all matter around it; or it could rip apart the structure of space and change the laws of physics. Researchers concluded that cosmic rays—natural high-energy particles—are much more likely to cause such disasters than a particle experiment is.
George Dvorsky |
January 23, 2007 2:06 PM
That would, indeed, be a Class X apocalypse. Nice to know that they aren't all off in the distant future.
Jamais Cascio |
January 23, 2007 2:52 PM
Excellent apocalypse scale.
Some of your readers might be interested in this examination of how its levels have been depicted in movies:
January 24, 2007 7:30 PM
Interesting news on this topic recently:
Howard Berkey |
February 17, 2007 4:17 PM