Posted by: Ben Bell | June 21, 2008

LHC Is Awesome, Won’t Kill Us All

I see the New York Times is ready to call it in this article.

A new particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider scheduled to go into operation this fall outside Geneva, is no threat to the Earth or the universe, according to a new safety review approved Friday by the governing council of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or Cern, which is building the collider.

“There is no basis for any concerns about the consequences of new particles or forms of matter that could possibly be produced by the LHC,” five physicists who comprised the safety assessment group wrote in their report. Whatever the collider will do, they said, Nature has already done many times over.

The report is available at

The Large Hadron Collider is in fact safe and will not create a black hole that will swallow the world.  Nor will it turn us all into particles called Strangelets. That’s all well and good except for the fact that practically everyone in the scientific community already knew this.  Here’s a good example from Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy blog back in March. Practically every science blog I read went something like that. I especially like that the “critics” the New York Times mention but never name turn out to be a litigious nuclear health researcher and one guy that seems a bit off his rocker. Kind of pathetic, but I guess it makes for better press when your mind is left to fill in the blank with something remotely legitimate.

Anyhow my goal here isn’t to troll on the New York Times (well maybe a little), but to celebrate the forward progress of one of the All-Time Badass Feats of Engineering. I have my fingers crossed that it’ll produce some sort of Matrix-level revelation about how our universe works. Although if it turns out we actualy are in the Matrix, I may barf a little at the thought of the impending techno orgies [probably NSFW]:

I have faith that awesome science could never lead to that.


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