Saturday, September 20, 2008

Large Hadron Collider and Predictions

This week, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) operated by CERN fired up their 17-mile long particle accelerator again in a series of test runs preceding the much anticipated main experiment--firing two proton streams into each other at near the speed of light. Scientists expect to learn all sorts of things from these ambitious experiments, including whether theorized particles and other dimensions exist.

Of course, there are other dissenting "scientists" (including a "smart" German scientist) who claim that the smart people at CERN will create miniature black holes that will destroy the planet. These folks are cut from the same cloth of scientists who said that setting off the atomic bomb in 1945 would ignite the Earth's atmosphere. And they're also the same "smart ones" who say that manmade CO2 is causing a runaway greenhouse effect on Earth (global warming or manmade climate change), which is also preposterous.

My prediction: We'll still be here after the proton smash experiment at the LHC. We'll still be here and doing fine in 100 years too, and global warming will be tossed into the dustbin of scientific stupidity (probably long before then).

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