Friday, March 28, 2008

The LHC is making waves

The LHC is making waves on the web already before it is even being switched on. A rather unusual concept of what experimentalists really care about has been featured in this comic, but it is interesting to know that there are people who are genuinely worried that the LHC might "give helicopters cancer" or even swallow up the entire solar system. Peter Steinberg at the US LHC blog has more about them, including a link to this fine example of paranoia in action -- or is it intentional misinformation, or maybe satire? Of course, a well-known thriller writer who likes to claim his fictions as truth has written about CERN as an antimatter factory potentially useful to therrorists looking for an antimatter bomb, so what wonder is it if some members of the woefully uninformed public are willing believe this kind of stuff? More effective outreach is clearly needed.