The LHC must never be allowed to open!

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The LHC must never be allowed to open!

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/29/science/29collider.html

Two men [are] pursuing a lawsuit in federal court in Hawaii. ... They think a giant particle accelerator that will begin smashing protons together outside Geneva this summer might produce a black hole or something else that will spell the end of the Earth — and maybe the universe.

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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.”

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Scientists say that is very unlikely — though they have done some checking just to make sure.

That doesn't sound like a no!
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Jim, weigh in on these whackos.
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This should clear the way for that bypass.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strangelet

the "dangers" part of this is awesome. I say full steam ahead.
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I'm pretty sure I just saw this in that Deja Vu movie with Denzel Washington. They use it to look back in time and zap pieces of paper into the past.
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And what exactly kind of information do we get out of doing this stuff? Is it really worth the 8 billions dollars spent on building the machine and also risking the end of the universe to get this info?
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We don't have the power to end the universe, nor this galaxy, nor this corner of the galaxy. All that we could destroy is our own tiny planet.
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ghostrunner wrote:This should clear the way for that bypass.


Well, we're mostly harmless, after all.
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