An incredible experiment is nigh. The good news is that it could help us understand the universe. The bad? It might destroy the planet!
Did you see the review about a television program that will air in four hours in the UK as I pen these words? This documentary is about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which has cost around six billion dollars and which is due to be turned on in the not-so-distant future.
As we wander through the program description, we discover the following somewhat alarming news:
The Large Hadron Collider will re-create the conditions just after the Big Bang. Some scientists argue that during a ten year spell of operation there is a 1 in 50,000,000 chance that experiments like the LHC could cause a catastrophe of epic proportions.
Either a Black Hole or a new type of matter known as 'strangelets' could form, destroying the planet. Or possibly the fabric of space could be ripped apart producing a truly cosmic cataclysm.
There's even a page where you can vote as to whether you think turning this beast on is a good idea or not (like that will make a difference). And, of course, this comes along just when I was starting to worry that there wasn't anything to worry about...
And now I find I can;t get the words of that old song out of my head: "It's the end of the world as we know it..."
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