Check those figures one more time, will you?

Black Hole by Director X

A headline like Asking a Judge to Save the World, and Maybe a Whole Lot More is a pretty sure bet for a click-through from me. CERN thought Large Hadron Collider was worth $8 billion to study the energies and conditions last seen a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang and then try to work out what happened.

But Walter L. Wagner and Luis Sancho contend that scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, have played down the chances that the collider could produce, among other horrors, a tiny black hole, which, they say, could eat the Earth. Or it could spit out something called a “strangelet” that would convert our planet to a shrunken dense dead lump of something called “strange matter.” Their suit also says CERN has failed to provide an environmental impact statement as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

About all I can say about this is that I’m not happy with humanity’s ethical and impulse controls as we move deeper into the Age of Mad Science. If you’d like a double helping of science and geek humor with your Doomsday Scenario, I suggest this post on Slashdot. And you have to click this link to xkcd. I command it.

About the photo: Black Hole by Director X was taken at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. If I hadn’t already used my compulsory click, I’d be tempted to add one for the museum.

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2 thoughts on “Check those figures one more time, will you?

  1. farlane says:

    You can view a live webcast of the Large Hadron Collider almost certainly not destroying the world at 4 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

  2. farlane says:

    CmdrTaco writes:

    rufey writes “The recent problems at the Large Hadron Collider will now keep it idle until spring 2009. The official press release is here. The LHC went offline due to a suspected failure in a superconducting connection, which overheated and caused around 100 of the LHC’s super-cooled magnets to heat up by as much as 100 degrees. This resulted in the accidental release of a ton of liquid helium. The process required to repair the failed superconducting connection involves weeks of warming up the affected area from -456 degrees Fahrenheit to room temperature, and then several more weeks to cool it back down after the repair is made. The total amount of time to do this will spill over into CERN’s scheduled winter maintenance/shutdown period, which is partly done to save money on electricity during the period of peak demand.”

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