Thursday, September 11, 2008

So, no black hole today


Legal bid to stop CERN atom smasher from 'destroying the world'
The world's biggest and most expensive scientific experiment has been hit by a last minute legal challenge, amid claims that the research could bring about the end of the world.

The device is designed to replicate conditions that existed just a fraction of a second after the Big Bang, and its creators hope it will unlock the secrets of how the universe began.

However, opponents fear the machine, which will smash pieces of atoms together at high speed and generate temperatures of more than a trillion degrees centigrade, may create a mini-black hole that could tear the earth apart.

(Science is still cool.)

1 comment:

Steve said...

You just have to give it time. They haven't done the really fun experiments yet. They were just testing the on/off switch.

You have to admit though - there aren't many ways to end the world that would be cooler than a black hole...especially if Europe goes first.