As the LHC’s activation date approaches (only two days left now, folks!), scientists working on the super-collider have started receiving large amounts of pleas, some which include death threats, asking to stop the potential apocalypse-bringing machine.
According to an article published on the Telegraph, CERN, the organization behind the project, has been bombarded with calls, faxes and e-mails from concerned, wanna-be scientists assuming that the LHC will end the universe as we know it. Yes, folks, they believe the universe, which is billions of years old, can be destroyed by an insignificant, man-made machine. Don’t you find this just a bit ridiculous? Reactions like the ones the LHC tries to replicate have been happening on a galactic-level for far longer than what our mind can conceive, so I don’t think there’s really a reason why anyone should worry.
Oh, and if you want to try and imagine the kind of attention CERN is receiving right now, you should see some of the search-engine traffic we’re getting on the only article we’ve ever published that mentions some of the potential risks of the LHC. Thousands of people every week search for “CERN risks” and similar keywords. Our guess is that as the month passes, we’ll see this trend become exponential… while the universe, planet Earth included, continues to safely prosper.
Edit: Oh, and for those of you who’d like to watch when the Large Haldron Collider goes live on Wednesday, CERN has put up a live webcast section on their site. You too can now be part of the party when the world goes BOOM! Pretty cool eh?