Switching on the Large Hadron Collider will not create a planet-gobbling Black Hole or any other threat, according to an updated report from the LHC Safety Assessment Group. The report reiterates past assessments and the opinion of just about every physicist that the new accelerator is safe, pointing out, for example, that much more powerful collisions between cosmic rays occur all the time without destroying the fabric of the Universe.
BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow notes that a physicist recently told him, “Look, it’s a 10 (to the power minus) 19 chance, and you’ve got a 10 (to the power minus) 11 chance of suddenly evaporating while shaving.”
But just in case, our sources spied this button near the entrance to the cave for the Compact Muon Solenoid.
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