Posts added, now and again, to this LHC link list: when the Lemming gets around to it.
CERN's Large Hadron Collider is a remarkable piece of engineering and a powerful tool for studying how matter is put together. It's also a lightning rod for the 'and we're all gonna die' pronouncements.
One of the more interesting - since it actually had something to do with the Large Hadron Collider's functions - was that Earth was going to get sucked into a black hole when the mad scientists at CERN irresponsibly turned the thing on.1
We're still here. And, I suspect that it's just a matter of time before some other forecast of doom will come down the pike. Whatever else life is, if you pay attention, it's not boring.
Posts about CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC):
- "LHC (Large Hadron Collider) Back Online and Ready to Simulate Big Bang"
(November 23, 2009)
- "World's Largest Collider Stopped by Bread Crumbs"
(November 6, 2009)
- "Large Hadron Collider Stopped by God! Time Travel Sabotaging Atom-Smasher! (He Told a Reporter?!)"
(October 19, 2009)
- "Physics Student Notes Large Hadron Collider Glitch"
(March 25, 2009)
- "Anatoli Bugorski and the Proton Ray of Doom"
(February 7, 2009)
- "LHC Peril! Large Hadron Collider Black Hole Will Eat Earth!! - or, Not"
(January 27, 2009)
- "CERN's Large Hadron Collider Goes Full Circuit"
(September 10, 2008)
- "Large Hadron Collider - Tests Still Going Well "
(August 26, 2008)
- "CERN's Large Hadron Collider: the Proton Beam Failsafe "
(August 22, 2008)
- "Large Hadron Collider - the Countdown Continues "
(July 6, 2008)
- "Large Hadron Collider - Huge Research Tool "
(June 28, 2008)
- "CERN Large Hadron Collider: Photos "
(March 20, 2008)
- "Photos of Five Cool Research Facilities"
(January 5, 2008)
1Three scientists who worked out a (very interesting) scenario where a black hole weighing about as much as two protons (really, really tiny) might, possibly, last a bit longer than expected.
Others were a bit more breathless in their concerns. Me? I know a little too much to get really excited.
As I wrote in the comments on another post:
"...I remember when suing over medically-certified whiplash injuries was a growth industry.I know it's not likely to happen - but I wish that science editors for newspapers and magazines didn't often make it look like they'd gotten their science education from watching "Godzilla" and "The Swarm."
That example of professional 'ethics,' plus predictions like the Malthusian death curve that hasn't happened to date, and concerns over fusion bombs exploding the world's oceans, have made me a bit slow to fear end-of-the-world predictions.
(Exploding oceans wasn't as crazy as it sounds: Water has hydrogen in it, fusion bombs blow up hydrogen - and 'experts' drew the (logical?) conclusion.)..."
(July 6, 2008)
Don't remember "The Swarm" (1978)? You didn't miss much. The film was touted as a (dire, what else?) warning against the dangers of nuclear power. (March 30, 2009) "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!" (1956) has, in my opinion, much higher entertainment value: but it's only slightly more accurate and educational, when it comes to science.
(January 27, 2009, July 6, 2008)