Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Just in case...

It's now 11:30pm Eastern time. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is going to start in a few hours. I'm going to sleep now. But if some crackpots are right then this is my last post and the world is soon going to be destroyed by a black hole created by the LHC. I can only quote Douglas Adams at this point: So long and thanks for all the fish.

You can spend your last hours reading about why we are fascinated by the talk of last hours or about all the other ways we can kill ourselves (also see this). Or better yet, you can follow live blogging of the start of the LHC at Cosmic Variance and also read Sean Carroll's take on some of these crackpot ideas and what will the LHC find (also see this excellent Scientific American article on the LHC).

Good night and may be Earth wasn't such a bad place to live.

UPDATE: Still alive and the weather is much much better today. Hmm...so it appears that the LHC (and its mini black holes) has had a positive impact on the weather in New England!


Matthew said...

I was hoping LHC would destroy us all so I could've skipped my dentist appointment earlier this morning.

No such luck. *ouch*

Stupid hadrons...

hedge said...

Well, it didn't do anything positive to the weather in the Midwest, so obviously it's a failure so far. :)

Salman Hameed said...

May be the LHC will simply collapse under all these expectations - from weather to the dentist appointments. But it seems that people have their priorities right.

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