October 14, 2008 – Hawaii County
On September 10, Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider was switched on, and the Earth is still here. Then again, the LHC was turned back off nine days later because the cooling mechanism failed, never having run any full power experiments. It won’t resume operations again until 2009.
This turn of events has bought time for the Big Island of Hawaii resident Walter Wagner, who has recently made headlines all over the world in his quest to get officials to reevaluate the science behind the enormous machine. Wagner believes there is a possibility that the LHC could produce a “stranglet”, or a possible type of dark matter never before observed, that would grow to destroy Earth. He also fears the possible creation of a black hole during the tests, a scenario that could be just as bad for the planet.
The Large Hadron Collider is a 17 mile underground tunnel that will use state of the art equipment to accelerate protons to near the speed of light and collide them. The result: a simulation of the Big Bang, when our universe was created, and a scientific study of the fundamental secrets of physics that will be revealed.
Wagner says his concerns have not been fully addressed by the scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research that operates the Large Hadron Collider. Wagner has also pursued legal remedy, but his bid to have US Courts close down the LHC failed.
Wagner is appealing the decision.
If you are interested in hearing more, visit his website opposing the LHC.
CERN’s official LHC website is here.