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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080628/...msday_collider

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MEYRIN, Switzerland - The most powerful atom-smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries, such as invisible matter or extra dimensions in space, after it is switched on in August.

But some critics fear the Large Hadron Collider could exceed physicists' wildest conjectures: Will it spawn a black hole that could swallow Earth? Or spit out particles that could turn the planet into a hot dead clump?

Ridiculous, say scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French initials CERN — some of whom have been working for a generation on the $5.8 billion collider, or LHC.

"Obviously, the world will not end when the LHC switches on," said project leader Lyn Evans.

David Francis, a physicist on the collider's huge ATLAS particle detector, smiled when asked whether he worried about black holes and hypothetical killer particles known as strangelets.

"If I thought that this was going to happen, I would be well away from here," he said.

The collider basically consists of a ring of supercooled magnets 17 miles in circumference attached to huge barrel-shaped detectors. The ring, which straddles the French and Swiss border, is buried 330 feet underground.

The machine, which has been called the largest scientific experiment in history, isn't expected to begin test runs until August, and ramping up to full power could take months. But once it is working, it is expected to produce some startling findings.

The collider could find evidence of extra dimensions, a boon for superstring theory, which holds that quarks, the particles that make up atoms, are infinitesimal vibrating strings.

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They're lying to you. It's really a portal for hostile aliens that plan to harvest human organs from people, as their food source.
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I dont get it.

What the hell does it do?
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Stargate anyone?
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I dont get it.

What the hell does it do?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom_Smasher
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They're lying to you. It's really a portal for hostile aliens that plan to harvest human organs from people, as their food source.
No. It's a giant laser that'll rip open a huge rift in the universe that'll engulf everything in the next several galaxies including this one.
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Lol....the LHC. It'll be turn on on the 7th. It's supposed to recreate the effects and environment that appeared after the Big Bang. It's also supposed to let scientists study Black-Holes. The black-holes should last for a nano-second or something, but I think there was a scare about one not dying out and going to the core of the earth. Others have all thought that the second it's turned on, we'll all just cease to exist because of a worm-hole or something... Isn't this exciting?
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July 7th?

If I die before getting to play Starcraft2 I'm going to be pissed...
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I'm amazed that they were able to get that kind of money for science. I hope they find some valuable information.
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