VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents Spotlight on Science.
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GLENN: That's right. Boy, oh, boy, us faithful with our guns and God, we're just so stupid. I'm glad we got some scientific-like thinkers now to listen to, tell us what to do. You remember that big Large Hadron Collider? Remember the particle collider that some people just go, "Wait a minute, you're going to create a black hole. Isn't that kind of bad?" And then scientists were like, "Excuse me, but that's ridiculous. Of course we've done mathematical equations all our lives. How could we possibly, how could we possibly create a black hole that would gobble up the Earth? Those are the words of science fiction."
Well, three physicists now have reexamined the math surrounding the creation of microscopic black holes in the Switzerland-based LHC, the world's largest particle collider. They have determined that those black holes won't simply evaporate in a millisecond as had previously been predicted. "Hold on. Well, I think that maybe their mathematical equations are..." "Hang on. Let me hear what they say. " Robert Casadio, the University of Baloney in Italy -- it's not -- I think it is the University of Baloney in Italy and Sergio Fabi and Benjamin Harms of the University of Alabama say many black holes could exist for much longer, perhaps even more than a second. A relative eternity in particle colliders where most objects decay much faster. Under such long-lived conditions, it becomes a race to see how fast the black hole can decay and how fast it can gobble up matter and grow bigger and prevent itself from decaying. "This sounds like fun. This is like a night at the racetrack." Yes, where we're all crushed by gravity. Casadio, Fabi and Harms think the black hole would lose out and pass through the Earth or -- pass through the Earth? I think we need to have... "Ow! That hurt." What happened? "Just a black hole went through my foot." Or it will just somehow or another pass through the atmosphere before it got to be a problem. But here's the problem I have with that. Casadio, Fabi and Harms think the black hole would lose out. I'm sorry. Think? "We conclude that a growth of black holes to catastrophic size does not at this time seem possible." Neither did walking on the moon? "Nonetheless, it remains true that the expected decay times are much longer, possibly more than a second, and that is something that hasn't been predicted by other models." I'm sorry. Did you just say it doesn't seem possible? Seem? Think? Hmmm. "Maybe I just don't understand those complicated scientific terms like 'I think' and 'it doesn't seem like it could happen.'"
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