Wednesday, October 14, 2009

CERN's Large Hadron Collider: A List of Posts

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): Official website:
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.

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)
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."

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)

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