Wednesday, 10 September 2008


So the world didn't end. The dog didn't bark in the night and no-one gets sued for blowing up the Earth or swallowing it in a Black Hole. For some reason an old filk song comes to mind:

"Don't start an interstellar war,
It really has no uses.
If someone asks you what it's for,
you'll only make excuses.
If 50 billion folk get hurt,
you'll go to bed without dessert.
Don't start an interstellar war"


Well the doomsayers said that the LHC (Large Hadron Collider, and here) at CERN will create a miniature black hole which will destroy us all. People have even made death threats to the scientists (if you destroy the world we'll come and kill you...). Will it all end in disaster? Hear all about Big Bang Day on the BBC, including a special edition of Torchwood - now that's real science for you!

Why bother? What's the use of such basic science if it doesn't lead to better video games or more food for the needy? This The Times editorial from 8/09/08 attempts to answer that.

You could always go out listening to the LHC Rap.

Did the world end for you? Check this site to see*, or if you're really worried you could look at the live webcams from the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS)

*View source for the funniest parts...

1 comment:

Bryant said...

I also blogged about the LHC turn-on here