Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fear and Loathing of the LHC on the Today Show

It's not all fear and loathing, but Matt Lauer and the news team at NBC seemed to enjoy a bit of early Halloween fun but telling scary stories about the Large Hadron Collider. It's clear from all the giggling that they're not really very worried. (Look for our own Alpinekat's hip hop video near the end of the piece. She's sooooooo famous now!)

This version of the story, from the more sober NBC news hour, is less of a fright fest, but still gives one fringe LHC fear mongerer a bit more air time than he deserves.


  1. scientists should not be testing this, no matter how small the risk, there are some things that are not meant to be known.

  2. Bzzzzzz. Wrong.

    Such a head-in-the-sand attitude would have deprived us of just about every major technological, medical, and scientific benefit we now have the privilege to enjoy.

    You probably don't recall, but people have run screaming from all sorts of advances. There were those convinced the Apollo astronauts would bring back a fatal moon disease that would wipe out the planet, some who calculated that the atomic bomb would light the atmosphere on fire, people who believed that Magellan would lure dragons back from the edge of the world, and on and on.

    It's easy to prove that there's effectively no danger from the LHC. The LHC pales in comparison to the energy of cosmic rays hitting the Earth, Sun and Moon all the time. The LHC will provide a tiny fraction of the number of cosmic ray events we face every day. If there was even the most remote chance that the LHC will kill us, then the Earth would already have been destroyed by cosmic rays some time in its 4 billion year history.

    Fear not. This science won't kill you.

    All the best,