Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the earth yet?

Are you sure you want to know?

If so, check the Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the earth yet? site for a quick response.

Another quick test: if I’m working in support of the ATLAS project at the LHC, and if I’m still here, then so is the earth.  Granted?  Or is that flawed logic?

Of course, it would be meaningless for Stephen Hawking to bet against the LHC’s revealing the Higgs boson, as would be Peter Higgs’s own confidence in the particle’s being found within a year (if not within a few hours), were our universe to be simply immersed by a big bang and immolated by dark energy.  What a waste that would be: who would be around to collect from Hawking or Higgs then?


Update: well, the world hasn’t been sucked into a black hole … yet.  However, stuff breaks, and the equipment used by the largest physics experiment in history is no exception to that rule: after finding a helium leak in one of the LHC tunnels, the subsequent investigation that is to follow, and a mandatory shut-down period soon afterward, CERN has announced that the LHC will not be restarted until at least Spring 2009.

By the way, the world will not end without music: someone has created a seven-song playlist for your listening pleasure as we plunge toward the dark heart of the inevitable black hole.

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