Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Woman tries to shut down Large Hadron Collider over apocalypse fears

clipped from www.telegraph.co.uk

A German woman has failed in a bid to force her country's government to halt
experiments at the world's largest atom smasher which she feared would lead
to the Earth's destruction.

Woman fails to have Large Hadron Collider shut down over apocalypse fears

The country's highest court said that the woman — whom it didn't identify —
had failed to demonstrate any connection between experiments at the CERN
collider outside Geneva and the apocalypse.

The Federal Constitutional Court in the western Germany city of Karlsruhe
threw out the woman's appeal because she was "unable to give a coherent
account of how her fears would come about."

"The overwhelming scientific opinion is that the experiments carried out
at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) present no dangers,"
the court ruled.

The scientists' holy grail is to find a theorised component called the Higgs
Boson, commonly called the "God Particle", which would explain how
particles acquire mass.

It was shut down again in December, this time to ready it for collisions
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