The LHC doesn’t scare me …

… however, the people who are afraid of it do.

There are many more articles out there, with much weirder stuff; this one just happened to be handy when I decided to post. Google around and enjoy the circus.

In the BBC article “Q&A: The LHC experiment“, LHC scientist Brian Cox answers some questions from the public. Most of the questions are “ok”, and include the standard “Is it safe?”, which Cox answers with

The LHC has absolutely no chance of destroying anything bigger than a few protons, let alone the Earth. This is not based on theoretical assumptions.

and refers the questioner to the CERN article The safety of the LHC.

But what about Big Bangs?

If you’re asking about the mini-big bangs at the LHC, then the chances are zero. It’s a bit of a misnomer actually to call the collisions mini-Big Bangs – each one has the energy of a mosquito hitting you in the face on a summer’s day, albeit confined to a very small space!

My favorite question is (emphasis mine):

Q: Can bacteria survive?
Would it be possible to put various simple bacteria into the experiment to see if they survive. We are relatively certain that plant RNA probably evolved during the Big Bang.
Animal DNA on the other hand could not and possibly came from meteorites carrying bacteria from other worlds (Panspermia theory). It would put this idea to bed if it couldn’t survive the Big Bang.

WTF? Who is this “we” of which he speaks? Perhaps they should stick with the Squirrel Smasher, about which a CERN scientist was “quoted”:

Biologists are just jealous of all the attention the LHC has been getting. Since they aren’t real scientists, they had to come up with this atrocity. Next thing you know the psychologists will build a brain smasher to compete.

I never cared much for tree rats anyway.

Update 2008-09-27: added link to Implicative Indicia

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