Well, don’t let the messengers of doom get to you just yet — I mean, (and I’m talking about the Large Hadron Collider here) skilled scientists who’ve done more than twice their homework are gonna be flipping the switch on — how many PhDs do these doom theorists have? (Bonus question, when was the last time you’ve heard of scientists receiving death threats? Preposterous!)
We might’ve just been exposed to too much sci-fi. Everyone says there’s a (slight) possibility that crashing ’em hadrons might create a blackhole — and even then, it won’t be the big, world-devouring movie-types we’ve all come to know and fear. (Then again, I don’t have that PhD.)
Either way, we’re at a crossroads; there’s a 100% potential discovery of a fraction of what the god particle’s all about, or the destruction of the world. (Personally, I prefer the strange matter.)
If you’d like to know how a Large Hadron Collider might possibly devour us all works, check out the HowStuffWorks page, or listen to this rap:
On the upside, if it all ends … no 2008 elections!
xkcd comic here.