Ian Blyth – It's Just a Thought

My thoughts and opinions

End of the World?

Posted by Ian Blyth on 11 September 2008

At first it was midly amusing that people would think that switching on a machine (the particle accelerator at Geneva – albeit a very large machine) would bring the end of the world. But after a while it just got annoying that this story would be picked up by the news comapnies and broadcast as if it was a real possibility. It was obviously a slow news day.

According the bit at the end of this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider there has been a suicide caused by the reporting of doom and gloom. Sad. It may have happened anyway but shows the power of media to sway people.

A nice post by Eileen about it comments on experiments like this hopefully inspiring kids to become scientists.

http://blogs.technet.com/eileen_brown/archive/2008/09/10/recreating-the-big-bang-with-the-large-hadron-collider.aspx

We could certainly do with more scientists rather than politicians and lawyers!

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