End of the world coming right up?

Looks like our friends in Geneva are preparing to hit the ‘on’ switch for their Large Hadron Collider, and it’s quite tense in many circles. And by ‘many circles,’ I mean the audience of George Noory’s Coast To Coast radio show of the macabre, the unusual, and the fantastic!

I have been following this story for a while now.  Evidently the more suspicious among us fear that the Collider may create a black hole that will destroy the planet.  Others fear a portal will be opened into another dimension, allowing all sorts of no-goodnick entities to come through and cause havoc!

Wait and see!

Adnkronos reports…

Switzerland: Giant particle accelerator to re-create Big Bang

Scientists will on Wednesday try to recreate the forces that occurred when the Big Bang created the universe, as they switch on a gigantic particle accelerator near Geneva, in Switzerland.

When the world’s biggest such machine, the Large Hadron Collider gets going, it will begin blasting protons – one of the building blocks of atoms – almost at the speed of light, generating temperatures of over one trillion degrees centigrade.

Scientists from CERN – the European organisation for nuclear research – hope to see new particles in the debris of the resulting collisions that will replicate the conditions found in the instant when the Big Bang created the universe 13.7 billion years ago.

There have been concerns that the experiment could open black holes that would swell in size and swallow up the earth, but physicists stress that the planet is not under threat.

Media reports on Monday said that scientists behind the 6.2 billion euro LHC – the world’s largest and most complex experiment – have received death threats.

Four hundred journalists from 400 news organisations across Europe will cover the the LHC’s launch more than 100 metres under the Alpine foothills in a 29-kilometre circular tunnel along the Swiss-French border.

Scientists hope their studies of the high-speed collisions between the protons will shed light on questions such as why the universe looks the way it does, whether a further dimension or dimensions exist, and how particles acquire mass and gravity.

Six hundred Italian physicists are involved in the project, and the LHC experiment will be followed live from Italy’s National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Rome by its president, physicist Roberto Petronzio, who coordinates the Italian researchers.

“The LHC will enable us to see in such minute detail that were we looking at the earth from the sun we would be able to spot someone’s hat,” Petronzio told Adnkronos.

Two prominent Italian physicists are among those attending the LHC launch. They are Luciano Maiani, current president of Italy’s National Research Council, and Nobel Laureate Carlo Rubbia.

“Italy has made a very big contribution to the LHC and has concentrated on acquiring new technologies and cutting-edge know-how for the whole world,” Maiani told Adnkronos.

“This technology used by the LHC was invented in Italy during the 1960s. It is therefore a significant example of Italian science,” Maiani added.

Wordwide, thousands of scientists and hundreds of technicians and engineers from dozens of countries have helped create the LHC (photo).

Besides the many Italian scientists involved in the project, Italian company Ansaldo Super-Conductors is among the European firms that are taking part in the project.

Italian companies have obtained 17 percent of the contracts to supply super-conductor dipole components to the LHC.

Italy contributes 77 million euros – over 12 percent – of CERN’s annual budget.

The European Court of Human Rights last month rejected a complaint against the planned launch of the LHC.

Opponents, including the German biochemist Otto Roessler, tried to block the experiment.

The court is still to decide on allegations that the experiment with the LHC violates the right to life.