Large Hadron Collider is firing up.

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    Sep 07, 2008 8:41 PM GMT
    I'm personally very interested in this project and also the wingnuts who think it will bring on the end of the world with micro-black holes and rips in space-time. It's like they never heard of Patrick Stewart.
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    Sep 07, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    The micro black hole thing is very far fetched in that it will destroy the Earth.

    Science is wonderful!
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    Sep 07, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    I need to research this before rendering one of my typically worthless opinions, but I did want to add now that I don't think science is all the time, or necessarily, wonderful.

    In this respect, DDT, Bhopal (India), recombinant bovine hormone, and genetically modified foods (to name just a few of my least favorite things) come to mind.

    Charlie
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    Sep 08, 2008 12:06 AM GMT
    I'm curious about the actual use at the end of the year. The fire up that they're doing this month is just for testing.
    I don't have high hopes for this since the potential for failure is high due to the amount of variable in the construction of the accelerator itself. Particularly when dealing with the smallest amount of matter.
    Which, I think is what most people don't understand. You need a lot of mass to create a black hole. While you may be able to create an atomic particle that is the same type of particle that comprises a black hole, I think that you'd need a couple 'extra particles' to get the critical mass you'd need for your Black Hole Starter Kit.

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    Sep 08, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
    CarlosGringo saidI need to research this before rendering one of my typically worthless opinions, but I did want to add now that I don't think science is all the time, or necessarily, wonderful.

    In this respect, DDT, Bhopal (India), recombinant bovine hormone, and genetically modified foods (to name just a few of my least favorite things) come to mind.

    Charlie



    Well science is simply understanding how things work.

    How these things are applied and how they get to that science posses some ethical dilema's.