Archive for the ‘News’ Category

The Large Hadron Collider was fired up today

September 10, 2008

Read about it. And read more about it.

I also enjoyed reading Stephen Hawking’s comments.

Sorry to go for so long without posting and then just post links to news. I’ve been super busy, but this required a post.



July 2, 2008

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has been in the news a lot recently, and the undertone of fear is frequently present in the angle the stories take. I don’t really want to spread the worry, since it appears that there’s not much to be alarmed about, but I’ve been having some thoughts about alarmist tendencies in the media, and figured I’d share.

It’s no secret that more people are interested in reading a story that involves potential “doomsday” then some benign tale about eggheads doing their incomprehensible nerd research in some distant location. And I suppose fear and mystery can help scientific projects get funded, what with keeping the public interested and all. Still, making people worry unnecessarily does a disservice to them and can hinder the progress of knowledge.