And arth could be reduced to a dense mass measuring only 330 feet across if particle accelerators trigger a catastrophic chain of events, the real astronomer warned.
In his latest book, On The Future: Prospects for Humanity, Professor Lord Martin Rees outlines the existential threats that afflict the planet, including climate change, nuclear war and artificial intelligence.
In a chapter that talks about humanity is condemned, he claims that scientists conduct experiments that destroy atoms in quarks – like protons and neutrons – could theoretically destroy humanity.
"Perhaps a black hole could be formed and then sucked all around," he writes. "The second frightening possibility is …