Large Hadron Collider set to turn on; scientists get death threats

Sep 8, 2008

The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland is all ready to be switched on September 10th, and while it could bring scientific breakthroughs, like proof of dark matter and other particles, some scientists and spectators are concerned that the device spells doomsday.

On launch day, the device will be turned on and the first proton will shoot down the collider. And even with the machine running at 450 GeV, which is under a tenth of the collider's full capacity, and with no collisions expected (the protons are only being fired in one direction), some scientists are receiving threatening emails, death threats and concerned phone calls from people wanting the project shut down. The reason? Why, it will cause the end of the world, of course.

In reality, there isn't a cause for concern because collisions much larger than this happen all the time and no black holes have formed because of them. Once the Collider is set to full capacity, it could reveal the Higgs-Boson particle.

[via TG Daily]

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