Monday, March 31, 2008
A lawsuit filed in U.S. Federal court seeks an injunction against starting up the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most costly physics experiment. Why? Because, according to one physicist offering two or three theories most of his colleagues reject as extremely far-fetched, it could destroy the Earth and possibly the universe. The suit was quite pointlessly filed in Hawaii even though the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, which operates the LHC in Geneva, doesn't come under American jurisdiction. CERN insists the system has had many safety reviews, the latest of which completed its report this past January.