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Scientists get death threats over Large Hadron Collider

Posted By admin On September 6, 2008 @ 3:50 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Roger Highfield
London Telegraph [1]
Saturday, Sept 6, 2008

Scientists working on the world’s biggest machine are being besieged by phone calls and emails from people who fear the world will end next Wednesday, when the gigantic atom smasher starts up.

The Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, where particles will begin to circulate around its 17 mile circumference tunnel next week, will recreate energies not seen since the universe was very young, when particles smash together at near the speed of light.

Such is the angst that the American Nobel prize winning physicist Frank Wilczek of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has even had death threats, said Prof Brian Cox of Manchester University, adding: “Anyone who thinks the LHC will destroy the world is a t—.”
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The head of public relations, James Gillies, says he gets tearful phone calls, pleading for the £4.5 billion machine to stop.

“They phone me and say: “I am seriously worried. Please tell me that my children are safe,” said Gillies.

Emails also arrive every day that beg for reassurance that the world will not end, he explained.

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[1] London Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/09/05/scilhc105.xml

[2] Full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/05/georgia.nato

[3] Large Hadron Collider hits problems as scientists bid to start high energy collisions: http://www.prisonplanet.com/large-hadron-collider-hits-problems-as-scientists-bid-to-start-high-energy-collisions.html

[4] Large Hadron Collider will not turn world to goo, promise scientists: http://www.prisonplanet.com/large-hadron-collider-will-not-turn-world-to-goo-promise-scientists.html

[5] Over 700 Russian scientists part of Large Hadron Collider project: http://www.prisonplanet.com/over-700-russian-scientists-part-of-large-hadron-collider-project.html

[6] Large Hadron Collider ready to restart this weekend: http://www.prisonplanet.com/large-hadron-collider-ready-to-restart-this-weekend.html

[7] Unexpected data from the Large Hadron Collider suggest the collisions may be producing a new type of matter: http://www.prisonplanet.com/unexpected-data-from-the-large-hadron-collider-suggest-the-collisions-may-be-producing-a-new-type-of-matter.html

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