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There are some great comments in http://www.hasthelhcdestroyedtheearth.com/ 's:
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In their paper, Coleman and de Luccia noted:

The possibility that we are living in a false vacuum has never
been a cheering one to contemplate. Vacuum decay is the ultimate
ecological catastrophe; in the new vacuum there are new constants of
nature; after vacuum decay, not only is life as we know it impossible,
so is chemistry as we know it. However, one could always draw stoic
comfort from the possibility that perhaps in the course of time the
new vacuum would sustain, if not life as we know it, at least some
structures capable of knowing joy. This possibility has now been
eliminated.
The second special case ... applies if we are now living in the
debris of a false vacuum ... This case presents us with less
interesting physics and with fewer occasions for rhetorical excess
than the preceding one.

S. Coleman and F. De Luccia (1980). "Gravitational effects on and of vacuum decay". Physical Review D21: 3305.


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and from http://www.hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/ :
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ETA: Don't Panic. The different in speed between the protons in the LHC and photons (light) in a vaccuum is 3.1 meters per second. Can you walk/jog from one goal line of a football field to the other in under 35.5 seconds? That's about 3.1 m/s. That's about 7 mph. At that speed you'd finish a marathon in about 3h 45m; a respectable but not world record breaking time.

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snakewich
Sep. 11th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yay! The world didn't get gobbled by a black hole.

I did like the article you referenced :)
Also I liked your math break down.
mandydax
Sep. 12th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
D:
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