Tuesday, September 9, 2008

...And More Death Threats

Scientists about to conduct one of the world's biggest physics experiments have received death threats amidst fears they could destroy the world.

Despite the expected scientific benefits, some fear the experiment could create black holes that will eventually swallow the Earth. German chemist Professor Otto Rossler even led a last-ditch legal attempt to stop the experiment.

While recent studies have disproved the doomsday scenario, CERN scientists have reportedly received death threats and pleas to stop the experiment.

But Prof Cox, ex-keyboardist for 1980's pop group D:REAM, dismissed the hysteria in rock-star style.

"Anyone who thinks the LHC will destroy the world is a t---," he said.

The LHC experiment will be several times more powerful than anything else of its kind.

Scientists expect to find the theoretical Higgs-Boson Particle, or the God Particle, and gain a better understanding of things like antimatter, parallel universes and dark matter.

Read the full article here.

I think I need something more lighthearted to start my day...

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DisComforting Ignorance said...

I don't get the drama over them destroying the Earth. Consider:

A) It does not get destroyed -- we get awesome physics, knowledge, and technology out of it. Plus, it will make us feel all advanced.

b) It does get destroyed -- we won't be alive to care. Plus, is there any greater way to go? DESTROYED BY A LARGE PARTICLE ACCELERATOR AND OBLITERATED BY A BLACK HOLE.

Death by physics? Is there any better death?

Adrian Hayter said...

Don't these people at least find solace in the fact that if it does become a black hole (and it will), the scientists will be sucked into it first.

DB said...

Shouldn't they find solice in the 'fact' that if a black hole does suck us all up, they all get a quick one-way ticket to Heaven? Unless they don't really want to go...

Anyways, wouldn't 'god' be able to stop the world from being destroyed? Wouldn't this be a part of his plan?