GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) -- The world's largest atom smasher, which was launched with great fanfare earlier this month, is more badly damaged than previously thought and will be out of commission for at least two months, its operators said Saturday.And for the sarcastically impaired, I'm not really worried the LHC is going to destroy the earth. But I'm training an army of white holes in my basement just in case.
Its start came over the objections of some who feared that the collision of protons could imperil the Earth by creating micro black holes, subatomic versions of collapsed stars whose gravity is so strong they can suck in planets and other stars.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Ah, good. Now we can at least see who wins the presidential election before the man-made black holes devour the earth.