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06-30-2008, 10:12 PM
From the Associated Press.

Scientists: Nothing to fear from atom-smasher
By DOUGLAS BIRCH 2 days ago

MEYRIN, Switzerland (AP) The most powerful atom-smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries, such as invisible matter or extra dimensions in space, after it is switched on in August.

But some critics fear the Large Hadron Collider could exceed physicists' wildest conjectures: Will it spawn a black hole that could swallow Earth? Or spit out particles that could turn the planet into a hot dead clump?

Ridiculous, say scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French initials CERN some of whom have been working for a generation on the $5.8 billion collider, or LHC.

"Obviously, the world will not end when the LHC switches on," said project leader Lyn Evans.

And catch this:

The collider could find evidence of extra dimensions, a boon for superstring theory, which holds that quarks, the particles that make up atoms, are infinitesimal vibrating strings.

The theory could resolve many of physics' unanswered questions, but requires about 10 dimensions far more than the three spatial dimensions our senses experience.

10 dimensions!; string theory.... nothing about turning CO2 into gasoline.. unfortunately.

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07-02-2008, 10:50 PM
Uhhhhhh.....what???? :laugh: